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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #200 on: June 21, 2020, 07:22:56 PM »
I have to say I keep coming back to Hovhaness even after saying I dislike this or that about his music --- it has this strange hold over me. While I do believe he recycles the same compositional techniques and methods in many of his works, I still enjoy so much of his music. It does have staying power, IMHO. I kind of look at Hovhaness as having much in common aesthetically with Lou Harrison sans the Armenian influence of course. Does anyone else hear the same thing? I also detect a little bit of Colin McPhee in Hovhaness as well.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #201 on: June 21, 2020, 08:32:27 PM »
I have to say I keep coming back to Hovhaness even after saying I dislike this or that about his music --- it has this strange hold over me. While I do believe he recycles the same compositional techniques and methods in many of his works, I still enjoy so much of his music. It does have staying power, IMHO. I kind of look at Hovhaness as having much in common aesthetically with Lou Harrison sans the Armenian influence of course. Does anyone else hear the same thing? I also detect a little bit of Colin McPhee in Hovhaness as well.
Yes, I do agree John about the Lou Harrison comparison and they feature together on a nice CD I have which includes both of their second symphonies and which I've been playing recently. I think that VW was an influence as well, especially the Tallis Fantasia, which I think we can hear in the 'Mysterious Mountain' symphony for example. Like the new avatar  :)
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #202 on: June 22, 2020, 04:32:17 AM »
Agreed that Hovhaness stays the course!
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« Reply #203 on: June 22, 2020, 04:36:13 AM »
Yes, I do agree John about the Lou Harrison comparison and they feature together on a nice CD I have which includes both of their second symphonies and which I've been playing recently. I think that VW was an influence as well, especially the Tallis Fantasia, which I think we can hear in the 'Mysterious Mountain' symphony for example. Like the new avatar  :)


Thanks, Jeffrey. That Hovhaness/Harrison recording is excellent. Yep, RVW was definitely an influence or, at least, I can detect it, I’d also say that Sibelius was a huge influence as he met the composer and had a 30 year correspondence with him, which I found to be fascinating. I’d love to read some of those letters. Anyway, the work Lousadzak actually landed the composer into some hot water. It was a praised by Lou Harrison, but it caused a mini-riot during intermission at its premiere from what I’ve read. Nobody had really heard anything like this before in Boston, so it was a bit of a shock to the system.
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« Reply #204 on: June 22, 2020, 09:57:14 AM »
Agreed that Hovhaness stays the course!

It appears his music has got under your skin as well, Karl. 8)

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« Reply #205 on: June 22, 2020, 05:29:04 PM »
Okay...I’m back to Shostakovich. ;D
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #206 on: June 22, 2020, 11:04:03 PM »
Okay...I’m back to Shostakovich. ;D
Poor Hovhaness and I'm sure that Honegger is displeased as well  ;D

Interesting about the Hovhaness/Sibelius correspondence of which I was completely unaware - I agree with you that Sibelius was an influence John.
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« Reply #207 on: June 23, 2020, 10:36:22 AM »
Poor Hovhaness and I'm sure that Honegger is displeased as well  ;D

Interesting about the Hovhaness/Sibelius correspondence of which I was completely unaware - I agree with you that Sibelius was an influence John.

Yeah, I had to sack Hovhaness. He was getting on my nerves. ;)
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #208 on: June 23, 2020, 10:55:39 AM »
Yeah, I had to sack Hovhaness. He was getting on my nerves. ;)

Saturation does not serve Hovhaness well.   :(
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« Reply #209 on: June 23, 2020, 11:01:36 AM »
Saturation does not serve Hovhaness well.   :(

Indeed, not. A little bit goes a long way --- I agree.
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