He was conductor for his ballet, "Ondine," in a Royal Ballet production at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England with Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes, Julia Farron, Alexander Grant, Leslie Edwards, Monica Mason, Deirdre Dixon, Vyvyan Lorrayne, Deanne Bergsma, Desmond Doyle, Ronald Hynd, Gary Burne, Derek Rencher...
Hans-Werner Henze | Henze
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I realized I could get people to listen to me - to make them laugh or cry or be happy or angry. This was a decisive experience - music as a means of communication.
After the war, while studying in Heidelberg, he was influenced by the works of composers like Bartok, Berg, and, most importantly, Stravinsky.