Hans Werner Henze, the German composer who was a staunch enthusiast of so-called “outdated” genres, has died at the age of 86. Henze became a principal figure of Opera in post-WWII Germany, despite his conflicted relationship with his homeland. Via The New York Times:
His music expressed passionate but mixed feelings about his German heritage. His Nazi-era childhood alone would have produced, at the least, ambivalence about that heritage, but his homosexuality only further estranged him, particularly from the bourgeois West German society of the immediate postwar years. And he found little sympathy at home for his embrace of the Romantic past.