Author Topic: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?  (Read 55882 times)

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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #220 on: August 30, 2021, 05:41:18 AM »
Those are two of my favourites by Hovhaness.

They’re certainly good ones for sure. 8)

I tried Hovhaness a few months back and found it largely too static. Not enough variety in ideas. They just come in large blocks of repeated sound. I was disappointed.

This is a criticism that could be leveled at many composers: Messiaen and Bruckner come to mind.
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Re: Alan Hovhaness — Where to begin?
« Reply #221 on: August 30, 2021, 05:55:58 AM »
Hovhaness isn’t everyday listening for me and he wouldn’t even be in my ‘Top 100’ composers list, but I do enjoy his works on occasion and they are beautiful when I hear them.
My "Top 5" Favorite Composers: Debussy, Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius and Bartók