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Hovhaness, Alan

(hōvhä`nəs), 1911–2000, American composer, b. Somerville, Mass., as Alan Vaness Chakmakjian. Hovhaness was of Armenian and Scottish descent, and many of his works are based on Armenian culture or show influences from Middle Eastern, Asian, or early European music. Inspired by nature and Christian mysticism, he was also interested in unusual sonorities, rejecting the harmonic complexities of much modern music in favor of melody, clarity, simplicity, and an encompassing musical atmosphere. Hovhaness was enormously prolific; although he destroyed many compositions in 1940, his extant works number about 500, including 67 symphonies. Among his works are Lousadzak [coming of light] (1945), for piano and strings; the widely played Second Symphony, subtitled Mysterious Mountain (1955); the symphonic poem Floating World–Ukiyo (1965); And God Created Great Whales (1970), for orchestra and recorded whalesong; and Mt. Katahdin (1987), a piano sonata.

Hovhaness, Alan (b. Chakmajian)

(1911–  ) composer; born in Somerville, Mass. Of Scottish as well as Armenian descent, he showed an early interest in both composing and mysticism. He studied at the New England Conservatory in the 1920s and added an awareness of the music of India to that of his Armenian heritage; later he would spend time in Asia and add yet another strand to his own often exotic compositions. Legendarily prolific, usually working with commissions or grants, he went through several periods or styles but most of his work has a religious element and is mellifluous if distinctive.
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The grand finale, with 20 orchestra players crammed onto the floor, was a gem of a symphony written by Armenian American Alan Hovhaness - his 10th out of 67 such works, completed in 1956.
John Cage, Henry Cowell, Alan Hovhaness, Aram Khachaturian, and Lou Harrison are all represented here.
Long a supporter of the State of the Arts series, Dorsey sensitively played works by Alan Hovhaness and Franz Liszt to resounding applause from the audience, which included many of his colleagues and friends.
After emigrating to the United States in 1941, Glanville-Hicks initially produced works under the influence of neoclassicism, but in the late 1940s she was drawn to the work of such American composers as Colin McPhee, Alan Hovhaness, Lou Harrison, and Paul Bowles, who were turning to non-Western musics for inspiration.
Kallir's first important performance in New York was an evening of concertos with the National Orchestral Association at Carnegie Hall, in 1949, when she played the Schumann Concerto and gave the premiere of a concerto by Alan Hovhaness.
Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) was one of the last of the Romantics, a composer who still believed that music should be enjoyed for its melodies, its harmonies, its sheer beauty of expression rather than any radical experimentation.
The program includes music by Charles Ives, Alan Hovhaness, Joseph Schwantner and Igor Stravinsky's famous "L'Histoire du Soldat.
The ensembles will perform work by 20th century American composers Samuel Barber, Ernest Bloch and Alan Hovhaness, as well selections from Mozart and Handel.
His curiosity for natural sound eventually led to his collaboration with composer Alan Hovhaness on "And God Created Great Whales.
Daybreak and a Candle End was created to a subdued score so well put together from the music of Tunde Jegede, Alan Hovhaness, James MacMillan, and Maya Jobarteh that it sounds like the work of one composer.
Divided into three sections, "Born in New England, Gone Elsewhere," "Born Elsewhere, Educated in New England," and "Born Elsewhere, Working a While in New England," the chapter comes close to begging the question, but it does bring together the New England connections of many prominent late-twentieth-century composers, such as John Adams, Elliott Carter, David Del Tredici, Alan Hovhaness, and Barbara Kolb.
Composers in the twentieth century have followed in Mozart's footsteps to form a canon of works for the duo--compositions by Vincent Persichetti, Nino Rota, Ned Rorem, Jean-Michel Damase, Alan Hovhaness, and George Rochberg, to mention just a few, are well known to devotees of flute and harp music.