That and his political views led to conflict with his conservative father. He worked as a teacher in a school at Bielefeld , formed on progressive lines, but it was closed in by government order because its progressive style was out of step with official views. The older boys, including Hans, were enrolled in the Hitler Youth. Although the Henze household was filled with talk of current affairs, Hans was also able to hear broadcasts of classical music especially Mozart and eventually his father realized that his son had a vocation as a musician. Henze began studies at the state music school of Braunschweig in , where he studied piano, percussion, and theory.
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Genre: Sonata Piece of Music: Royal Winter Music Royal Winter Music is one of the most atypical works for classical guitar that reveals incredible possibilities of the instrument and requires a serious technical level from guitarists. Hans Werner Henze found inspiration to create such a large-scale guitar work from Julian Bream , the greatest guitarist of our time whose efforts to fill the guitar repertoire with modern pieces have resulted in collaboration with prominent composers from around the world including Benjamin Britten , Leo Brouwer , Toru Takemitsu , William Walton , and Peter Maxwell Davies.
The phrase "winter of our discontent" is widely quoted to tag political and social unrest since the word "winter" is a powerful metaphor for a bleak and discouraging period of time while "discontent" suggests restlessness and a looming threat.
Henze was known for his strong dissatisfaction with the right-wing political system, so it is not surprising that the iconic Shakespearean line sets the mood for the entire sonata. A truly innovative score even contains sudden percussion patterns performed by Julian Bream on the guitar body.
The second piece is dedicated to Romeo and Juliet , the most popular Shakespearean tragedy about two young lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. Here, the musical atmosphere changes as quickly as Ariel flies through the air and constantly transforms her shape.
She can be furiously stormy, suddenly melancholy, cold, or ironic. Here, the Touchstone court jester vies with the silly country boy William to win the sympathy of the village girl Audrey. To more clearly describe the emotions inside the trinity, Henze assigns each character his own compositional technique. Since the events take place in the night forest, this piece is nocturnal in nature and contains musical inclusions as well as altered motives of the previous five plays as it is supposed to be in a closing sonata.
In , Bream himself played the premiere of Royal Winter Music in Berlin to the general approval of both critics and listeners. Three years later, Henze finished Second Sonata on Shakespearean Characters in three movements, dedicating this work to Bream.
List of compositions by Hans Werner Henze
Shakespearean characters expressed through atonality in atypical guitar sonata by Hans Werner Henze
Hans Werner Henze