Music: Marxist Art, Capitalist Style

Hans Werner Henze is unembarrassed by his royalties

He is a Marxist composer in striped pants and gold cuff links who talks about revolution while sipping Calvados and puffing unfiltered Gitanes in an elegant hotel restaurant. "Because you're a socialist, people expect you to dress in flour bags and eat garbage," says Germany's Hans Werner Henze, at 55 the leading composer of his generation. "But I say better a Communist in a Rolls-Royce than a Fascist in a tank."

Henze does not drive a Rolls-Royce, but he is no stranger to capitalist success. The premiere...

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