When the Ruhr region was chosen as the European Capital of Culture, its artistic director Steven Sloane immediately saw Hans Werner Henze as a musical focus, a world star with roots in the region and an oeuvre that encompasses all musical genres as well as a wide range of opportunities for children, young people and amateurs, and who could thus connect the entire region.

From 19 to 28 October 2001, nine important music promoters in Nuremberg organised a collective festival to celebrate the 75th birthday of Hans Werner Henze.

Guiding thoughts for the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte Montepulciano from 1989, published in the program book of the Cantiere 2022.
The composer wrote this text to highlight the uniqueness of the Cantiere and to ensure its economic survival in the long term.

With the founding of the Munich Biennale, the City of Munich commissioned five to six compositions every other year. Hans Werner Henze succeeded in bringing the premieres of new music theatre works to the attention of the international public and thus making a decisive contribution to the renewal of the genre.

In 1984, Hans Werner Henze founded a new youth music festival in Deutschlandsberg, Styria. As is well known, he had already achieved a coup in 1976 with the establishment of the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, Tuscany, with which he had enormously advanced the promotion of artistic expression among children, young people and adult amateurs and demonstrated the social relevance of cultural education.

From 1981 to 1983, Hans Werner Henze spent the last days of October in Northern Styria to develop and perform new music with young people and amateurs. However, those responsible did not want to support his wish to compose with young people, and so the collaboration came to an inevitable end.

Hans Werner Henze founded the Cantiere in 1976 and directed it for five years. With the realisation of joint projects by residents of all ages with internationally renowned artists and young talents, it quickly became one of the most important music festivals in Italy and also in Europe, if the focus is on the educational and social implications.





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