Alan Hovhaness, perhaps one of the most prolific composers from the twentieth hundred years, left out a legacy of a huge selection of functions, including a lot more than 60 symphonies, many choral functions, ballets, and operas, and everything types of chamber music. Hovhaness, given birth to of Scottish and Armenian descent in 1911, required an early desire for structure, and by age 13 had made up two operas. After research at the brand new Britain Conservatory with Frederick Converse, Hovhaness produced a good impression along with his 1st recognized symphony, Exile, when it had been performed from the BBC Symphony in London in 1939. The functions of Hovhaness’ early period both reveal the impact of Renaissance music and make use of the harmonies from the past due nineteenth hundred years. Through the 1930s the composer created a pastime in Indian music, which became probably one of the most pervasive affects upon his personal functions from that point on. In 1942 he received a scholarship or grant towards the Berkshire Music Middle at Tanglewood, where he went to composition workshops led by Aaron Copland (aided by Leonard Bernstein). The knowledge, unfortunately, was significantly less than positive, since both Copland and Bernstein had been highly crucial of Hovhaness’ music. The ridicule he experienced led Hovhaness to keep Tanglewood early. Discouraged, he damaged a lot of his early functions. Serendipitously, though, the composer’s go back to Boston was accompanied by a meeting using the Greek painter and psychic Herman DiGiovanno, who confident him to review the music of his Armenian ancestry. Further immersion in Armenian chapel music led Hovhaness towards the functions of Komitas Vartabed, a priest and composer who passed away in 1936 and whom Hovhaness referred to as the “Armenian Bartók.” Hovhaness’ finding of Armenian music experienced a direct impact upon his personal functions, which became even more rhythmically and contrapuntally energetic and started to reveal the improvisatory character of Armenian chapel melodies. Through the 1940s Hovhaness furthered his research from the Armenian tradition, playing body organ at an Armenian chapel and learning the Armenian vocabulary, and took an additional desire for the Eastern philosophies. The developing achievement of his music in the 1950s resulted in several important grants or loans and commissions; a give from your Country wide Institute of Arts and Characters in 1951 allowed him to go to NY. After composing Ardent Track (1954), a ballet rating for Martha Graham, Hovhaness toured china and taiwan. Still shunned from the mainstream musical establishment of that time period, he continued to get reputation from without, including Guggenheim Fellowships in 1953, 1954, and 1958. A payment through the Houston Symphony, the Symphony No. 2 (“Incomprehensible Hill”; 1955) provided Hovhaness his initial popular success. The task was auspiciously premiered by Leopold Stokowski, as well as the redoubtable Fritz Reiner produced a highly deemed recording from it using the Chicago Symphony. After finding a Fulbright Fellowship in 1959, Hovhaness once again toured the East and was the initial Western composer asked to take part in the music celebration in Madras, India. He was also received warmly in Japan, where he produced television performances and executed his music using the Tokyo Symphony. Throughout a go back to Asia in 1962 on the Rockefeller Offer, Hovhaness researched the ancient courtroom music of Japan and Korea. The aural consequence of the composer’s immersion in Eastern lifestyle is really a musical vocabulary invested with a feeling of mysticism and spirituality. Among his voluminous catalogue, Hovhaness’ colourful orchestral functions have maintained the best popularity among viewers; notable for example the Symphony No. 17 (“Symphony for Steel Orchestra”; 1963); And God Developed Great Whales (1970), which includes recordings of real whale “tunes,” as well as the Symphony No. 50 (“Support St. Helen’s”; 1982).
|1||U.S. composer of Armenian and Scottish descent.|
|2||Married six times, finally to Japanese soprano Hinako Fujihara in 1977.|
|3||Composer-in-residence with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra from 1966 until his death.|
|4||Took last name 'Hovhaness' to honor a grandfather.|
|About Us||2005||TV Series documentary 1 episode|
|Winds of Everest||1985||TV Movie documentary|
|Everest North Wall||1983||Documentary|
|The Twentieth Century||1966||TV Series documentary 1 episode|
|The Incredible Turk||1958||TV Movie documentary original music score|
|SEE: An Art Road Trip||2013||Documentary writer: "Visionary Landscape No. 2 Evening Bell"|
|Entre père et fils||2003||Documentary writer: "Fred the Cat", "Visions of a Starry Night"|
|Cosmos||1980||TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode|
|Alaska: Spirit of the Wild||1998||Documentary short composer: song "Mysterious Mountain" from "Symphony No.2"|
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