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Alan Hovhaness

p, 1911-2000 US, Somerville, Massachusetts
Composer of Classical
A.k.a. Alan Vaness Chakmakjian

Alan Hovhaness (/hoʊˈvɑːnɪs/; Armenian: Ալան Յովհաննէս, March 8, 1911 – June 21, 2000) was an American composer of Armenian and Scottish descent. He was one of the most prolific 20th-century composers, with his official catalog comprising 67 numbered symphonies (surviving manuscripts indicate over 70) and 434 opus numbers. The true tally is well over 500 surviving works since many opus numbers comprise two or more distinct works.

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Sonata for Harp and Guitar, Op. 374, "Spirit of Trees": I. Andante cantabile - Maestoso rubato - Tempo I on Together by Yolanda Kondonassis
5 Visionary Landscapes, Op. 214: No. 1 on Minimal by Alessandra Celletti
Symphony No. 48, Op. 355 "Vision of Andromeda": II. Fugue: Allegro on Hovhaness: Works for Orchestra & Soprano Saxophone by Alan Hovhaness, Greg Banaszak, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz
Symphony No. 2, Op. 132, "Mysterious Mountain": I. Andante con moto on Hovhaness, A.: Symphony No. 2 ,"Mysterious Mountain" / Prayer of St. Gregory / And God Created Great Whales by Alan Hovhaness, Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz
Prayer of St. Gregory, Op. 62b on Hovhaness, A.: Symphony No. 2 ,"Mysterious Mountain" / Prayer of St. Gregory / And God Created Great Whales by Alan Hovhaness, Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz
4 Bagatelles, Op. 30: No. 1. — on Hovhaness, A.: 4 Bagatelles / String Quartet Nos. 1-4 / Zhou, L.: Song of the Ch'In by Alan Hovhaness & Shanghai Quartet
Prayer of Saint Gregory, Op. 62b (version for trumpet and wind band) on Hovhaness: Symphonies Nos. 4, 20 and 53 by Alan Hovhaness
The Garden of Adonis, Op. 245: I. Largo on Spohr / Donizetti / Krumpholz / Hovhaness: Music for Flute and Harp by Robert Aitken
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 147: VII. Hymn on Hovhaness, A.: 4 Bagatelles / String Quartet Nos. 1-4 / Zhou, L.: Song of the Ch'In by Alan Hovhaness & Shanghai Quartet
Mélodie on Le piano au coeur de l'arménie by Eduard Abramian, Georgy Sarajian, Alan Hovhaness, Eduard Baghdasarian, Arno Babadjanian, Komitas & Godefroi Bernier

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Title Artist Year Type
Suite For Band - October Mountain - The Ruins Of AniAlan Hovhaness, Larry Gookin, Keith Brion, Mark Goodenberger, Central Washington University Wind Ensemble2018Album
Piano ConcertoAlan Hovhaness Conducting The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra2016Album
Concerto No. 2, Op. 89AAlan Hovhaness, Jorge Mester Conducting The Louisville Orchestra2016Album
Avak The Healer, Op. 65Alan Hovhaness, Jorge Mester Conducting The Louisville Orchestra2016Album
Symphony No. 48 'Vision Of Andromeda'Alan Hovhaness – Greg Banaszak • Eastern Music Festival Orchestra • Gerard Schwarz2015Album
Percussion Instruments In 20th Century American MusicPekarsky Percussion Ensemble, Charles Ives, Lou Harrison, Alan Hovhaness, John Cage, John Luther Adams2014Album
Concert For Harmonica & OrchestraGianluca Littera, Orchestra Stesichoros, Francesco Di Mauro / Graham Whettam, Gabriel Fauré, Alan Hovhaness, Astor Piazzolla, Vilem Tausky2013Album
Symphony No. 1 'Exile' • Symphony No. 50 'Mount Saint Helens'Alan Hovhaness, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz2012Compil.
Symphonies Nos. 7, 14 And 23Alan Hovhaness – Trinity College Of Music Wind Orchestra • Keith Brion2010Album
Guitar Concerto No. 2 • Symphony No. 63 'Loon Lake' • Fanfare For The New AtlantisAlan Hovhaness, Javier Calderón, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stewart Robertson2008Album
Solos, Duos, TriosAlan Hovhaness2008Album
Alan Hovhaness - Music For Horn, Voice, And StringsAlan Hovhaness, The Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra, Karen Griebling2007Album
Janabar, Talin, ShambalaAlan Hovhaness2006Album
Symphony No. 60 / Guitar Concerto / Khrimian HairigAlan Hovhaness / David Leisner / Lars Ranch / Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin / Gerard Schwarz2006Album
Visions Of The East - Music Of Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness2006Album
Concerto For 2 Pianos And Orchestra Mihr Ko-Ola-U Vijaj Lousadzak - Concerto For Piano And StringsAlan Hovhaness / Martin Berkofsky2005Album
Symphonies Nos. 4, 20 And 53Alan Hovhaness / John Wallace / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Keith Brion2005Album
Symphony No.22 "City Of Light" / Cello ConcertoAlan Hovhaness, Janos Starker, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies2004Album
Symphony No. 9 In E Minor / Mysterious Mountain / New Dance / ToccataLeopold Stokowski, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alan Hovhaness, Wallingford Riegger, Paul Creston2004Album
Mysterious MountainsAlan Hovhaness - Gerard Schwarz, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra2003Album
The Lord Is My Shepherd (American Psalmody Vol. III)Gloriae Dei Cantores, Elizabeth C. Patterson - Samuel Adler / Alan Hovhaness / Darius Milhaud / Charles Ives / Conrad Susa / Bruce Neswick / Ned Rorem / Robert Starer / Daniel Pinkham / Philip James2002Album
Concerto No. 7 • Symphony No. 15 • MagnificatAlan Hovhaness – The Louisville Orchestra2001Compil.
Ballet Mecanique / Toccata For Percussion / October Mountain / Sketch For PercussionGeorge Antheil / Carlos Chávez / Alan Hovhaness / Ronald LoPresti2000Album
ViolinViola and Keyboard WorksAlan Hovhaness2000Album
Music Of Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness – Yolanda Kondonassis2000Album
The Persian HoursTamara Anna Cislowska - Erik Satie, Henryk Górecki, Arvo Pärt, Alan Hovhaness & Charles Koechlin1998Album
Celestial FantasyAlan Hovhaness – Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kerry Stratton1998Album
Armenian Rhapsodies 1, 2, & 3; My Soul is a Bird; LullabyAlan Hovhaness / Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, Hinako Fujihara Hovhaness, Martin Berkofsky1997Album
Hovhaness: Triptych • The Holy City • Meditation On Orpheus / Cowell: Music 1957 • SynchronyAlan Hovhaness, Henry Cowell1997Compil.
Mystery Of The Holy Martyrs Op.251, Symphony No.3 Op.148Alan Hovhaness, Vakhtang Jordania, KBS Symphony Orchestra1996Album
Visions: The Alan Hovhaness SamplerAlan Hovhaness1995Compil.
MagnificatAlan Hovhaness, St. John's Cathedral Choir, Orchestra Of St. John's Cathedral, Donald Pearson1995Album
Symphony Of Metal Instruments / Kohar / Khrimian Hairig / Psalm And Fugue / The Holy CityAlan Hovhaness1995Album
The RubaiyatAlan Hovhaness1995Album
MagnificatAlan Hovhaness, St. John's Cathedral Choir, Orchestra Of St. John's Cathedral, Donald Pearson1995Album
Magnificat & SaturnAlan Hovhaness1995Album
Celestial GateAlan Hovhaness, I Fiamminghi, Rudolf Werthen1995Album
Spirit MurmurAlan Hovhaness - Shanghai Quartet1994Album
Star DawnAlan Hovhaness, Keith Brion, Christian Lindberg, The Ohio State Concert Band1994Album
Mysterious Mountain / And God Created Great WhalesAlan Hovhaness, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz1994Album
Vision Of A Starry NightAlan Hovhaness, Marvin Rosen1994Album
Mountains And Rivers Without End, Symphony No. 6 (The Celestial Gate), Return And Rebuild The Desolate Places, Prayer To St. Gregory, Aria From HaroutiunAlan Hovhaness, The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Richard Auldon Clark, Chris Gekker1994Album
Symphony No. 50 "Mount St. Helens" & Symphony No. 22 "City Of Light"Alan Hovhaness - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz1993Album
Symphony No. 25 (Odysseus) / Symphony No. 6 (Celestial Gate) / Prayer Of Saint GregoryAlan Hovhaness1993Album
Music of Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness1993Album
Symphony No. 46 (To The Green Mountains) , Symphony No. 39 (Symphony For Guitar And Orchestra)Alan Hovhaness – KBS Symphony Orchestra, Vakhtang Jordania • Michael Long1993Album
Fred The Cat (Half A Century Of Piano Music)Alan Hovhaness - Marvin Rosen1992Album
Piano Music Of Alan HovhanessWayne Johnson, Alan Hovhaness1992Compil.
West Point Symphony / Symphony No. 4 / Symphony No. 3Morton Gould, Alan Hovhaness, Vittorio Giannini, Frederick Fennell, A. Clyde Roller, Eastman Wind Ensemble1992Compil.
Set Of FiveAbel-Steinberg-Winant Trio, John Cage, Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, Alan Hovhaness, Somei Satoh1991Album
Lady Of Light / Avak, The HealerAlan Hovhaness1991Compil.
Visionary LandscapesAlan Hovhaness / Şahan Arzruni1991Album
Modern Masters IIINorman Dello Joio / Alan Hovhaness / Arnold Rosner - Philharmonia Orchestra, David Amos1991Album
Requiem And Resurrection For Brass Choir And Percussion / Symphony No. 19 "Vishnu"Alan Hovhaness1990Album
Marimba ConcertosAlan Hovhaness, Peter Klatzow, Frank Nuyts / Robert Van Sice1990Album
Tzaikerk / LousadzakAlan Hovhaness1989Album
Meditation On Orpheus / New England Episodes / Symphony No. 3Alan Hovhaness / Quincy Porter / Homer Keller1989Album
Mysterious Mountain • Lousadzak • Elegiac SymphonyAlan Hovhaness ; Lou Harrison – American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies - Keith Jarrett1989Album
And God Created Great Whales / Concerto No. 8 For Orchestra / Anahid / Elibris / Alleluia And FugueAlan Hovhaness1989Album
Shālimār (Piano Solos)Alan Hovhaness1988Album
Music Of Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra1988Compil.
Majnun Symphony (Symphony No. 24, Opus 273)Alan Hovhaness1987Album
Members Israel Philharmonic OrchestraPaul Creston, Alan Hovhaness, Norman Dello Joio, Julius Chajes, Vincent Persichetti, Members Of The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, David Amos1986Compil.
Music Of Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness1986Album
Saint Vartan Symphony (Symphony No. 9, Opus 180)Alan Hovhaness1986Album
The Music Of Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness1985Album
David Amos Conducting Members Of The Israel Philharmonic OrchestraAlan Hovhaness, Quincy Porter, Julius Chajes, Vincent Persichetti, William Brown1984Album
Chant Of 1942, Op. 33 / Air For Strings / Suite For String Orchestra, Op. 109 / Celestial Fantasy, Op. 44Paul Creston / Norman Dello Joio / Alan Hovhaness - David Amos, Members Of The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra1983Album
Symphony No. 47 "Walla Walla, Land of Many Waters"Alan Hovhaness1982Album
Symphony No. 31 And SongsAlan Hovhaness1981Compil.
Symphony No. 31 And SongsAlan Hovhaness1981Compil.
Dance Suite / Acht Stucke, Eight Pieces / Sextet In E Flat Minor / Sharagan And FugueThe Empire Brass Quintet - Antonín Dvořák / Paul Hindemith / Oskar Wilhelmovitch Böhme / Alan Hovhaness1980Album
Symphony No. 38Alan Hovhaness1978Album
Modern American Music Vol. 2Alan Hovhaness, Wayne Barlow, Jeffrey Kaufman, Nicolas Flagello, Jean Berger, Orchestra Da Camera Di Roma, Lawrence Sobol1977Album
Andre Kostelanetz Conducts The Music Of Alan HovhanessAndré Kostelanetz Conducts The Music Of Alan Hovhaness1977Album
Russo, Hovhaness, Saturen, Hindemith, Bozza, RussoJohn Russo, Alan Hovhaness, David Saturen, Paul Hindemith, Eugène Bozza1977Album
Odysseus Symphony / Requiem And ResurrectionAlan Hovhaness1976Album
Firdausi For Clarinet, Harp & Percussion, Op. 252 / Evocations De Slovaquie For Clarinet, Viola & CelloAlan Hovhaness / Karel Husa, Lawrence Sobol1976Album
Symphony No. 23 "Ani" (Opus 249)Alan Hovhaness1975Album
Avak, The HealerAlan Hovhaness, Marni Nixon / Thomas Stevens / Eudice Shapiro / Gretel Shanley / Crystal Chamber Orchestra1975Album
Symphony Etchmiadzin / Armenian Rhapsody No 3 / Mountains And Rivers Without EndAlan Hovhaness, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra1975Album
Music Of Nature And The GodsAlan Hovhaness / Vally Weigl1974Album
Odysseus Symphony (Symphony No. 25, Opus 275)Alan Hovhaness1974Album
Saint Vartan Symphony Op. 80Alan Hovhaness, National Philharmonic Orchestra1973Album
Morning Music / Sun Music III / Avak, The HealerLawrence Widdoes / Peter Sculthorpe / Alan Hovhaness - The Louisville Orchestra, Jorge Mester1973Album
The Flute Player Of The Armenian Mountains (And Other Songs By Alan Hovhaness)Alan Hovhaness, Ara Berberian1972Album
20th Century HarpSusann McDonald Plays Sergei Prokofiev, Ernst Krenek, Alfredo Casella And Alan Hovhaness1972Album
Fra Angelico / Requiem And Resurrection (For Brass And Percussion)Alan Hovhaness1972Album
Fra Angelico / Symphony No 11 'All Men Are Brothers'Alan Hovhaness, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra1972Album
Pilgrimage / Fra Angelico / The Earth's / LionsThe New Orleans Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Werner Torkanowsky, Norman Treigle, Gordon O. Brown - Carlisle Floyd / Alan Hovhaness / Michael Colgrass / Ned Rorem1972Album
Symphony No. 19 "Vishnu" (Opus 217)Alan Hovhaness1971Album
Wind Music Of Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness - North Jersey Wind Symphony, Keith Brion, Gerard Schwarz1971Album
And God Created Great WhalesAlan Hovhaness - André Kostelanetz1971Album
The Holy City / Apparitions / Collage / Kaddish / Festive OvertureArthur Bennett Lipkin, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Alan Hovhaness / Bernard Rogers / Roy Travis / Arthur Cohn / William Grant Still1970Album
Rachmaninoff: Aleko -- A Suite From The Opera And Hovhaness: Floating World -- UkiyoSergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff / Alan Hovhaness / André Kostelanetz And His Orchestra1968Album
2nd String Quartet / "Lousadzak" Concerto No. 1 For Piano & String OrchestraCharles Ives / Alan Hovhaness1967Album
Quintet For Piano & Strings / Khaldis: Concerto For Piano, Four Trumpets & PercussionWalter Piston / Alan Hovhaness1966Compil.
The Incredible Flutist / Suite From "The Black Maskers" / Merry Mount Suite / Prelude & Quadruple FugueWalter Piston, Roger Sessions, Howard Hanson, Alan Hovhaness, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra1965Album
Koke No Niwa "Moss Garden" / Chamber Cantata On Chinese Poems / Four Scenes For Piano / Sonata For Violin And PianoAlan Hovhaness / Ezra Sims / Lawrence Moss1964Album
Music Of Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness1963Album
Magnificat For Solo Voices, Chorus And Orchestra, Opus 157Alan Hovhaness, University Of Louisville Choir, The Louisville Orchestra1961Album
Meditation On Orpheus / Symphony No. 3 / Poem For OrchestraAlan Hovhaness, Homer Keller, Joseph Wood1960Album
Mysterious Mountain / The Fairy's Kiss: DivertimentoAlan Hovhaness, Igor Stravinsky, Fritz Reiner, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra1958Album
Set Of Five / Kirgiz Suite / Sonata No. 4Henry Cowell, Alan Hovhaness, Charles Ives1957Album
Ten Songs From The Hebrew / Upon Enchanted Ground / Suite For Violin, Piano, And PercussionStefan Wolpe / Alan Hovhaness1957Album
Saint Vartan Symphony, Op. 80Alan Hovhaness - Carlos Surinach, The M-G-M Chamber Orchestra1957Album
Tone Cluster Pieces And Other Piano Music / Prelude For Violin And Harpsichord / Concerto For Celesta And Harpsichord Soli / Cantilena/Capriccio For Violin And Harpsichord / Duet For Violin And HarpsichordHenry Cowell / Daniel Pinkham / Alan Hovhaness1957Album
New Dance / Concerto No. 1 For Orchestra ("Arevakal") / Symphony No. 4Wallingford Riegger / Alan Hovhaness / Henry Cowell1956Album
Concerto No. 7 For Orchestra / Overture To "Much Ado About Nothing" / Sinfonietta FlamencaAlan Hovhaness / Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco / Carlos Surinach - The Louisville Orchestra1955Album
Khaldis: Concerto For Piano, Four Trumpets & PercussionAlan Hovhaness - William Masselos, Izler Solomon1955Album
Lousadzak: Concerto No. 1 For Piano And String Orchestra, Op. 48 / Concerto No. 2 For Violin And String Orchestra, Op. 89aAlan Hovhaness - Maro Ajemian, Anahid Ajemian, Carlos Surinach1950Album
Piano ConcertoAlan Hovhaness1950Album
Lousadzak (The Coming Of Light)Maro Ajemian, Alan Hovhaness1947Album
Lousadzak (The Coming Of Light)Maro Ajemian, Alan Hovhaness1947Album
È Lucivan Le Stelle (The Stars Were Shining) / Prayer For St. GregoryFerruccio Tagliavini / Maro Ajemian, Alan Hovhaness1947Album
Piano Compositions by Alan Hovhaness and John CageAlan Hovhaness, John Cage1947Album
Triptych / Mosaïques / DevelopmentAlan Hovhaness / Karel Husa / Willard StraightAlbum
Khaldis / The Spirit Of InkAlan HovhanessAlbum
Alan Hovhaness, Lady Of Light & Avak, The HealerAlan HovhanessAlbum
Symphony No. 4 • Symphony No. 3Alan Hovhaness / Vittorio Giannini / Eastman Wind Ensemble / A. Clyde RollerAlbum
Symphony No. XI - "All Men Are Brothers"Alan Hovhaness, The Royal Philharmonic OrchestraAlbum
Saturn, Op. 243Alan HovhanessAlbum
Lady Of Light, Opus 227Alan HovhanessAlbum
Octet For Strings, Sinfonia No. 9, LousadzakFelix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Alan Hovhaness - Arthur Winograd, The Arthur Winograd String OrchestraAlbum
Sonata I In G Minor / Sonata VII In G Major / Prayer Of Saint Gregory / Symphony No. 6 "Celestial Gate"Lodovico Giustini - Mieczyslaw Horszowski / Alan Hovhaness, Polyphonia Orchestra Of LondonAlbum
Music For Trumpet And OrganMarice W. Stith, Donald Paterson, Alan Hovhaness, Vincent Persichetti, Giuseppe TorelliAlbum
Songs by Alan Hovhaness, Vol 1Alan Hovhaness, Ara BerberianAlbum
Fantasy For Piano; Six Dances For PianoAlan Hovhaness, KomitasAlbum
Hovhaness: 'Talin' Concerto For Viola And Strings; Hindemith: 'Music Of Mourning' (Trauermusik); Partos: 'Yiskor' (In Memoriam)Alan Hovhaness, Paul Hindemith, Ödön Pártos, Emanuel Vardi, Izler Solomon, The M-G-M String OrchestraAlbum
Magnificat For Four Solo Voices, Chorus And Orchestra, Opus 157 / All In The Spring WindThe Louisville Orchestra, Alan Hovhaness, Chou Wen-chung, Robert WhitneyAlbum
"Music By Alan Hovhaness"Alan HovhanessAlbum
Distant Lake of Sighs and other songsAlan Hovhaness, Ara BerberianAlbum
The Flowering Peach / Orbit No. 1 / Is There Survival - BalletAlan HovhanessAlbum
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