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Alan Hovhaness (March 8, 1911 – June 21, 2000) was an American composer of Armenian and Scottish descent.

His music is accessible to the lay listener and often evokes a mood of mystery or contemplation. The Boston Globe music critic Richard Buell wrote: "Although he has been stereotyped as a self-consciously Armenian composer (rather as Ernest Bloch is seen as a Jewish composer), his output assimilates the music of many cultures. What may be most American about all of it is… read more

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  • Avatar for Fabula-Nihil
    it's sad I didn't know him before today. this is so beautiful
  • Avatar for Cocteauholic
    Pfff, it seems any music that deals with Eurasian nations touches me so easily and so magically...
  • Avatar for saltyknuckles
    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №XXXVI - classics.saltyknuckles.net/2014-29/
  • Avatar for meginrunar
    What wonderful music!
  • Avatar for noiresque
    Can anyone rec the best recording of Alleluia and Fugue?
  • Avatar for fearimpaired
    I only want to collect all his works available! :(
  • Avatar for fearimpaired
    My favorite classical composer ever! And he will always remain one, I'm sure.
  • Avatar for gwalla
    The Saint Vartan Symphony is seriously amazing.
  • Avatar for STOYOTS
    Does anyone have "Spirit Murmur" and would be able to upload it for me? I can't find it anywhere
  • Avatar for fearimpaired
    I ask other listeners of Hovhaness to tag him with "armenian", not only for his origins, but also for many of his works which are based on Armenian music and themes, most obviously "Achtamar", "Kohar", "Khrimian Hayrig", "Tzaikerk", "Prayer of Saint Gregory", "Lousadzak" etc. :)))

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