German composer Hans Werner Henze, 86, whose prolific and wide-ranging work included a wealth of operas and 10 symphonies, died Saturday, his publisher said.
Mr. Henze died in the eastern German city of Dresden, long-standing publisher Schott Music said in a statement, calling him "one of the most important and influential composers of our time." It didn't disclose the cause of death.
Mr. Henze's work over the decades straddled musical genres. He composed stage works, symphonies, concertos, chamber works and a requiem, and once said that "many things wander from the concert hall to the stage and vice versa."