Alan Hovhaness

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    Shalimar, Op. 177Alan Hovhaness
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    To Hiroshige's Cat, 1st Movement, Op. 366Alan Hovhaness
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    Komachi, Op. 240Alan Hovhaness
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    Sonata for Piano "Prospect Hill," Op. 346Alan Hovhaness
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    Love Song Vanishing Into Sounds of Crickets, Op. 327Alan Hovhaness

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        A world view was incorporated into the symphonic compositions of Somerville, Massachusetts-born Alan Hovhaness (born: Alan Chakmakjian). While much of his music reflects his Armenian heritage, Hovhaness utilized elements of Indian ragas, Japanese gugaku music and natural sounds. Hovhaness' 1970 composition, "And God Created Great Whales," was composed for a full orchestra and the recorded song of a humpback whale. Hovhaness began stirring controversy with his music during th... Read more

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