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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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Recordar los mas conocidos: Alan Hovhaness (Y Dios creo a las grandes ballenas, 1970) como pionero, seguiran George Crumb, Leonard Bernstein, Humprey Searle, Oscar Morawetz, Thru Thkemitsu, Ned Rorem, Iannis Xenakis y John Cage.
Most of the Boston Classicists (Paine, Foote, Parker, Chadwick), works of Copland and Thomson, the American mystic Alan Hovhaness, Howard Hanson, Leo Sowerby, and two prominent Jewish composers, Samuel Adler and Robert Starer, along with numerous others, were sadly neglected by choirs.
The intermediate-level piano collection features 41 works by nine composers: Denes Agay, George Antheil, Samuel Barber, Paul Creston, David Diamond, William Gillock, Morton Gould, Alan Hovhaness and Robert Muczynski.
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.
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.
Una obra musical memorable sobre el tema fue compuesta en 1970 por el estadunidense alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Y Dios creo a las ballenas (Proceso, 1244).
The ensembles will perform work by 20th century American composers Samuel Barber, Ernest Bloch and Alan Hovhaness, as well selections from Mozart and Handel.
Five for piano and orchestra by Alan Hovhaness was performed in New York City by the National Orchestral Association.