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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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  • it's sad I didn't know him before today. this is so beautiful
  • Pfff, it seems any music that deals with Eurasian nations touches me so easily and so magically...
  • Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №XXXVI -
  • What wonderful music!
  • Can anyone rec the best recording of Alleluia and Fugue?
  • I only want to collect all his works available! :(
  • My favorite classical composer ever! And he will always remain one, I'm sure.
  • The Saint Vartan Symphony is seriously amazing.
  • Does anyone have "Spirit Murmur" and would be able to upload it for me? I can't find it anywhere
  • 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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