Alan Hovhaness

Composer

1911 – 2000

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Who was Alan Hovhaness?

Alan Hovhaness was an Armenian-American composer. He was one of the most prolific 20th-century composers, with his official catalog comprising 67 numbered symphonies and 434 opus numbers. However, the true tally is well over 500 surviving works since many opus numbers comprise two or more distinct works.

The Boston Globe music critic Richard Buell wrote: "Although he has been stereotyped as a self-consciously Armenian composer, his output assimilates the music of many cultures. What may be most American about all of it is the way it turns its materials into a kind of exoticism. The atmosphere is hushed, reverential, mystical, nostalgic."

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Born
Mar 8, 1911
Somerville
Also known as
  • A. Hovhaness
  • Alan Hovaness
  • Hovhaness, Alan
  • Alan Vaness Chakmakjian
  • Ալան Յովհաննէս
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Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Armenia
Profession
Education
  • Tufts University
  • New England Conservatory of Music
Died
Jun 21, 2000
Seattle

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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