His last composition was finished in August, and he completed 14 works after his 100th birthday.
On 27 October Hans Werner Henze died in Dresden, Germany. As he composer he was an important innovator who tried to give traditional styles a place in his works.
The Praemium Imperiale 2012 for music, an international arts prize patronized by Japan’s ruling dynasty, was awarded to Philip Glass.
In October, John Williams, will receive a lifetime achievement honor from the Classical Brit Awards.
The Hamburg Bach Prize 2011, which is awarded every four years to an exceptional composer of our time, has been awarded to Chinese composer Tan Dun.
The Prix Ton Bruenèl for 2012 was awarded to composer John Croft for his composition Intermedio III for bass clarinet and live electronics.
The archive of pianist and composer Edmund Rubbra has been acquired by the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Japan-born composer Kenji Sakai, who now lives in France, has won the well-know Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize for Composition.
Although the mystic Hildegard von Bingen - who was a composer and had many other talents - had always been revered by many, she was never officially pronounced a Saint in the Catholic Church.
“In recognition of his distinguished services for Polish culture and outstanding creative achievements”.
Composer Kevin Puts has won the 2012 Pullitzer Prize for Music for his "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts." The piece was commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on November
Korean composer Unsuk Chin has won the 2012 Ho-Am Prize. The award, which is the most prestigious prize within the arts sector in Korea, amounts to €200,000.
For the first time a Liechtenstein composer, Jürg Hanselmann, has won a composition prize from the Deutsche Oper Berlin (German Opera Berlin).
A 160-page notebook, dated 1780, was found in an attic of a private home in the Austrian city of Tyrol, The book contains compositions by Leopold Mozart as well a an "Allegro Molto" by Signore Giov
At a ceremony to be held at the International Ibsen Festival in Oslo in September, Heiner Goebbels German composer will receive the 2012 Ibsen Award.
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge and Culture Awards for Contemporary Music was won this year by Salvatore Sciarrino.
On 24 February, Hungarian-born Canadian composer István Anhalt died. He is seen as one of the pioneers of electronic music in Canada, where he arrived in 1949.
An unknown song composed by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach was rediscovered in the Hessischen Musikarchiv, in Marburg, Germany.
In 1923 Edward Elgar composed a piece for the Carillon Tower in Queen’s Park, Loughborough, which was built as a memorial to the fallen in the first world war.