Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) was one of the most prolific composers of the last century, writing over 500 works (including 67 symphonies), many of them drawing on his Armenian heritage, as well as Renaissance polyphony, South Indian classical music, Japanese Gagaku music and Korean Ah-ak music.
8 March 2011 sees the centenary of Hovhaness’s birth. The Peermusic Classical catalogue (for which Faber Music is the UK & Eire hire agent) includes some of his finest compositions including Prayer of St Gregory (trumpet and strings [or band, or pno/org] – recorded by Wynton Marsalis), the epic Saint Vartan Symphony (No 9) (chamber orchestra), the mesmeric Lousadzak: Coming of Light (piano and strings – recorded by Keith Jarrett), Elibris (Dawn God of Urardu) (flute and strings) and the Armenian Rhapsody No 1 (strings).
Click on the following links for audio samples:
Prayer of St Gregory
Saint Vartan Symphony (Part 1)
Saint Vartan Symphony (Part 2)
Lousadzak: Coming of Light
Elibris (Dawn God of Urardu)
Armenian Rhapsody No 1
Perusal materials are available on request.
For more on Hovhaness, visit the composer site.