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Finding Armenia in Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 8 (Arjuna) and Madras Sonata

Finding Armenia in Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 8 (Arjuna) and Madras Sonata rACHel CHACKo Finding Armenia in Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 8 (Arjuna) and Madras Sonata As is well known by now, Mr. Hovhaness is of Armenian descent and has long since incorporated an exotic, rather Middle Eastern, style into his music, which is always personal in sound. —Allen Hughes, “Hovhaness ‘Saturn’ Heard in Premiere” The composer [Alan Hovhaness], one of the most prolific on the American scene . . . and also one of the most frequently played, takes a mystical approach to his art and is quite at home reducing the infinite to a series of finite notes. He does this through a kind of marriage of Oriental and Western techniques, which seems to work better for him than for others who have tried it. —Raymond Ericson, “Kostelanetz Leads Premiere of ‘To Vishnu’ by Hovhaness” [Hovhaness] has worked in all styles, been influenced by all cultures. And in reply to a question concerning the matter of his Armenian leanings, as they are defined in his works, he answered simply, “It seemed to me a natural thing when you con- sider that the world has shrunk to the degree that East and West almost overlap.” —Jay S. Harrison, “Hovhaness—Composer in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Finding Armenia in Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 8 (Arjuna) and Madras Sonata

American Music , Volume 37 (1) – May 7, 2019

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University of Illinois Press
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1945-2349

Abstract

rACHel CHACKo Finding Armenia in Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 8 (Arjuna) and Madras Sonata As is well known by now, Mr. Hovhaness is of Armenian descent and has long since incorporated an exotic, rather Middle Eastern, style into his music, which is always personal in sound. —Allen Hughes, “Hovhaness ‘Saturn’ Heard in Premiere” The composer [Alan Hovhaness], one of the most prolific on the American scene . . . and also one of the most frequently played, takes a mystical approach to his art and is quite at home reducing the infinite to a series of finite notes. He does this through a kind of marriage of Oriental and Western techniques, which seems to work better for him than for others who have tried it. —Raymond Ericson, “Kostelanetz Leads Premiere of ‘To Vishnu’ by Hovhaness” [Hovhaness] has worked in all styles, been influenced by all cultures. And in reply to a question concerning the matter of his Armenian leanings, as they are defined in his works, he answered simply, “It seemed to me a natural thing when you con- sider that the world has shrunk to the degree that East and West almost overlap.” —Jay S. Harrison, “Hovhaness—Composer in

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: May 7, 2019

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