Composers: Lucky Hans

"Hans im Glück," his friends call him —Lucky Hans. Always in the right place at the perfect time, smiling, reticent, cologned—and ready with a new composition. Ideas, he says, swell his head like brain tumors, nourished as much by pleasure as by pain. When the pressure of their presence becomes annoying, Lucky Hans excises them by setting his thoughts on paper. This pleasant debility is persistent enough to have made him one of Europe's leading composers, and in the German press it has won him a new nickname. "Der Erfolgskomponist," the papers call him, which means that Hans Werner Henze...

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