Alan Hovhaness

Biography

Born: March 8, 1911; Somerville, MA   Died: June 21, 2000; Seattle, WA  
Alan Hovhaness, one of the most prolific composers of the twentieth century, left behind a legacy of hundreds of works, including more than 60 symphonies, numerous choral works, ballets, and operas, and all manner of chamber music. Hovhaness, born of Scottish and Armenian descent in 1911, took an early interest in composition, and by the age of 13 had composed two operas. After studies at the New England Conservatory with Frederick Converse, Read more Hovhaness made a favorable impression with his first acknowledged symphony, Exile, when it was performed by the BBC Symphony in London in 1939. The works of Hovhaness' early period both reflect the influence of Renaissance music and utilize the harmonies of the late nineteenth century. During the 1930s the composer developed an interest in Indian music, which became one of the most pervasive influences upon his own works from that time on. In 1942 he received a scholarship to the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, where he attended composition seminars led by Aaron Copland (assisted by Leonard Bernstein). The experience, unfortunately, was less than positive, since both Copland and Bernstein were highly critical of Hovhaness' music. The ridicule he experienced led Hovhaness to leave Tanglewood early. Discouraged, he destroyed many of his early works. Serendipitously, though, the composer's return to Boston was followed by a meeting with the Greek painter and psychic Herman DiGiovanno, who convinced him to study the music of his Armenian ancestry. Further immersion in Armenian church music led Hovhaness to the works of Komitas Vartabed, a priest and composer who died in 1936 and whom Hovhaness described as the "Armenian Bartók." Hovhaness' discovery of Armenian music had a direct effect upon his own works, which became more rhythmically and contrapuntally active and began to reflect the improvisatory nature of Armenian church melodies.

During the 1940s Hovhaness furthered his study of the Armenian culture, playing organ at an Armenian church and learning the Armenian language, and took a further interest in the Eastern philosophies. The growing success of his music in the 1950s led to several important grants and commissions; a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1951 allowed him to move to New York. After composing Ardent Song (1954), a ballet score for Martha Graham, Hovhaness toured the Far East. Still shunned by the mainstream musical establishment of the time, he continued to receive recognition from without, including Guggenheim Fellowships in 1953, 1954, and 1958. A commission from the Houston Symphony, the Symphony No. 2 ("Mysterious Mountain"; 1955) provided Hovhaness his first popular success. The work was auspiciously premiered by Leopold Stokowski, and the redoubtable Fritz Reiner made a highly regarded recording of it with the Chicago Symphony.

After receiving a Fulbright Fellowship in 1959, Hovhaness again toured the East and was the first Western composer invited to participate in the music festival in Madras, India. He was also received warmly in Japan, where he made television appearances and conducted his music with the Tokyo Symphony. During a return to Asia in 1962 on a Rockefeller Grant, Hovhaness studied the ancient court music of Japan and Korea.

The aural result of the composer's immersion in Eastern culture is a musical language invested with a sense of mysticism and spirituality. Among his voluminous catalogue, Hovhaness' colorful orchestral works have maintained the greatest popularity among audiences; notable examples include the Symphony No. 17 ("Symphony for Metal Orchestra"; 1963); And God Created Great Whales (1970), which incorporates recordings of actual whale "songs," and the Symphony No. 50 ("Mount St. Helen's"; 1982). Read less
Hovhaness: Symphonies No 1 & 50 / Schwarz, Seattle
Release Date: 07/31/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559717   Number of Discs: 1
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Hovhaness: Wind Music, Vol. 3 / Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
Release Date: 03/09/2018   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559837   Number of Discs: 1
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Hovhaness: Symphony No 60, Guitar Concerto / Leisner, Schwarz
Release Date: 12/12/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559294   Number of Discs: 1
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Hovhaness: Symphony No 48... / Schwarz
Release Date: 02/10/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559755   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Hovhaness: Symphony No 22, Etc
Release Date: 04/15/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559158   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Hovhaness: Symphonies No 1 & 50 / Schwarz, Seattle
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559717 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe; Hovhaness / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571211 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Alan Hovhaness
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Chorus
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  • 28.
    Voices Of Trumpets And Organ
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 661 Release Date: 04/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Alan Hovhaness,  Hans Ludwig Schilling,  Daniel Pinkham  ... 
    Performer:  Byron Pearson,  Arthur Vidrich,  Donald R. Tison
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  • 29.
    Hovhaness: From the Ends of the Earth / Patterson, Gloriae Dei Cantores
    Label: Paraclete Recordings   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
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  • 30.
    Stravinsky, Hindemith, Hartmann, Hanson, Harris & Hovhaness / Stokowski
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2379 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Howard Hanson,  Roy Harris,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  West German Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    American Mystic - Music of Alan Hovhaness
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3421 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness
    Performer:  Charles Butler,  Diane Schmidt,  Michael York
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Keith Brion
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Ohio State University Concert Band,  Shanghai String Quartet
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  • 32.
    Hovhaness: Exile Symphony, Armenian Rhapsodies, Song Of The Sea / Rose, Boston Modern Orchestra Project
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness
    Conductor:  Gil Rose
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Modern Orchestra Project
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  • 33.
    Rachmaninov: Aleko Suite, Hovhaness: Ukiyo, Floating World / Kostelanetz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88999 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alan Hovhaness,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Simon Estes
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 326 Release Date: 11/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness,  Vally Weigl
    Performer:  Joseph Roche,  Donald Betts,  Eric Wahlin,  George Shirley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Macalester Trio
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  • 35.
    Brass Trios - Ewazen, Plog, Hovhaness / University Of Maryland Brass Trio
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1222 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Ewazen,  Lauren Bernofsky,  Anthony Plog,  Václav Nelhybel  ... 
    Performer:  Chris Gekker,  Gregory Miller,  Matthew Guilford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University Of Maryland Brass Trio
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  • 36.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 259 Release Date: 09/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness,  Bernard Rogers,  Roy Travis,  Arthur Cohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Bennet Lipkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 212 Release Date: 07/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wallingford Riegger,  Ursula Mamlock,  Meyer Kupferman,  George Perle  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Baron
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  • 38.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 221 Release Date: 07/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness,  Karel Husa,  Willard Straight
    Performer:  Benita Valente
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  Karel Husa,  Russell Stanger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Hovhaness: Symphonies No 7, 14, 23 / Brion, Trinity College Wind Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559385 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness
    Conductor:  Keith Brion
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity College Of Music Wind Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 134 Release Date: 04/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness,  Joseph Wood,  Homer Keller
    Conductor:  William Strickland,  Richard Korn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Tokyo Asahi Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 03/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Cowell,  Daniel Pinkham,  Alan Hovhaness
    Performer:  Henry Cowell,  Robert Brink,  Daniel Pinkham,  Edward Low
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  • 42.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 186 Release Date: 02/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness,  Ezra Sims,  Lawrence Moss
    Performer:  Walter Rosenberger,  Melvin Kaplan,  Elden Bailey,  Ruth Negri  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Hovhaness,  Daniel Pinkham
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  • 43.
    The Solo Cello / Cooke
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3012 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness,  Aram Khachaturian,  Zoltán Kodály,  Richard Arnell
    Performer:  Antony Cooke
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  • 44.
    Hovhaness, Milhaud, Copland, Serebrier - Live Recordings 1942-57 / Stokowski
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2347 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Darius Milhaud,  Alan Hovhaness,  José Serebrier
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Outberzt / Berz, Rutgers Wind Ensemble
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 8652 Release Date: 12/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Nixon,  Michael Markowski,  Alan Hovhaness,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  William Berz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rutgers Wind Ensemble
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  • 46.
    Gloria! - Songs Of Exaltation
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90906 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Johannes Ockeghem,  Alan Hovhaness,  Tomás Luis de Victoria  ... 
    Performer:  Andy Hunter,  Rob MacKillop,  Paul Rendall,  William Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Alamire,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Corund Ensemble  ... 
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  • 47.
    American Choral Premieres - Hovhaness, Rochberg, Blackwood, Etc / French, William Ferris Chorale
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Kreutz,  William C. White,  Egon Cohen,  Paul Nicholson  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul French
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Ferris Chorale
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  • 48.
    Visions Of The East - Alan Hovhaness / Chung Park, Frost SO
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2954 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness
    Conductor:  Chung Park
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frost Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Aliyah! Israel / Gloriae Dei Cantores
    Label: Paraclete Recordings   Catalog: 3417 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Samuel Adler,  Alan Hovhaness,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Performer:  Emily Lewis,  Fred Fried,  Siobhan Kelleher,  Linda Houle
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
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  • 50.
    Great American Composers - Copland, Harris, Hovhaness, Hanson, Diamond, Creston, Piston
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 6012 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Roy Harris,  Walter Piston,  Paul Creston,  David Diamond  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Rosenberger,  James Earl Jones
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  New York Chamber Symphony
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