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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #180 on: January 14, 2018, 05:52:04 PM »
Here's an interesting question – which of Hovhaness' works sounds least like his typical sound? 

I think there are probably some Hovhaness outliers out there that are worth exploring.

Off the top of my head, two albums come to mind:

Hovhaness: Janabar, Talin, Shambala


Hovhaness: Ode to the Temple of Sound, etc


I'm curious to hear what relatively exotic works by Hovhaness people have heard.  Anything not recognizable?

By the way, the Shambala is a sitar concerto – that's fairly exotic instrumentation at least.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #181 on: January 15, 2018, 01:51:51 AM »
Here's an interesting question – which of Hovhaness' works sounds least like his typical sound? 

I think there are probably some Hovhaness outliers out there that are worth exploring.

Off the top of my head, two albums come to mind:

Hovhaness: Janabar, Talin, Shambala


Hovhaness: Ode to the Temple of Sound, etc


I'm curious to hear what relatively exotic works by Hovhaness people have heard.  Anything not recognizable?

By the way, the Shambala is a sitar concerto – that's fairly exotic instrumentation at least.
The ending of 'Meditation on Orpheus', presumably depicting the decapitation of Orpheus is uncharacteristically violent for Hovhaness (notwithstanding the musical depiction of the eruption of Mount St Helens in Symphony 50). Those are two of my favourite Hovhaness compositions.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #182 on: January 15, 2018, 08:09:03 AM »
The ending of 'Meditation on Orpheus', presumably depicting the decapitation of Orpheus is uncharacteristically violent for Hovhaness (notwithstanding the musical depiction of the eruption of Mount St Helens in Symphony 50). Those are two of my favourite Hovhaness compositions.

Mine too, Jeffrey, although I do still love Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain”.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #183 on: January 15, 2018, 08:30:12 AM »
Nice ending! Thanks for the tip.

I'm gonna state for the record that AFAIK Shambala is his most unique composition.  It's quite long for one thing (45 minutes), and with the sitar there are moments when it almost, almost, doesn't sound like Hovhaness.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #184 on: January 17, 2018, 12:15:44 PM »
Here's an interesting question – which of Hovhaness' works sounds least like his typical sound? 

I think there are probably some Hovhaness outliers out there that are worth exploring.

Off the top of my head, two albums come to mind:

Hovhaness: Janabar, Talin, Shambala


Hovhaness: Ode to the Temple of Sound, etc


I'm curious to hear what relatively exotic works by Hovhaness people have heard.  Anything not recognizable?

By the way, the Shambala is a sitar concerto – that's fairly exotic instrumentation at least.
I think that Symphony 25 'Odysseus' is a rather 'spikier' work than some although it has characteristic moments and an affirmative sense of home-coming towards the end. It's companion Symphony 6 'Celestial Gate' is one I especially like and often play.




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