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Offline vandermolen

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Re: Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2007, 12:20:17 PM »
Mount St. Helens (Symphony No. 50), which I think is one of 20th century's greatest symphonies.

Another vote for this. I think it is Hovhannes masterpiece, but I also like Symphony 1 "Exile" No 11 "All Men are brothers" (kind of appropriate at the moment), Odysseus Symphony,  St Vartan Symphony and Meditations on Orpheus. The critics are quite snooty about Hovhannes ("atmosphere not argument, like film music" etc) but I think it deserves more serious consideration.  I suspect that his music will last. the Japanese compose yoshimatsu (many Chandos CDs) is not dissimilar (and also written off by many critics) but it means more to me than music by a lot of more highly rated contemporary composers.
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Re: Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2007, 03:20:50 PM »
I'm going and say it....someone needs to say it!

Hovhaness is the American version of Vivaldi.  >:D

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Re: Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2007, 10:26:32 PM »
I'm going and say it....someone needs to say it!

Hovhaness is the American version of Vivaldi.  >:D

There was no need at all my friend to do that, for it is simply not true.
Read the scores, before you write something down like that. :)

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Re: Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain
« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2007, 06:27:12 AM »
Anyway, I think that "atmosphere not argument" is a valid aesthetic to pursue, and in the hands of a master can be great art.  So that phrase of itself does not at all dismiss Hovhaness.