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Speaking of Music:
Alan Hovhaness, Oct. 1989

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 127 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Alan Hovhaness for the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, recorded on October 3, 1989. The Armenian-American composer discusses the roots of his musical expression and demonstrates various techniques on the piano. His music is performed by New York pianist Şahan Arzruni, who brings unexcelled vigor to Hovhaness’ early keyboard works and who himself poses some pertinent questions and introduces his evaluation and analysis. Arzruni is later joined by percussionist William Winant in a stirring rendition of selected movements from the rarely performed “Invocations to Vahaken”. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Midnight Bell [from “Five Visionary Landscapes, Op. 214”] (1965) / Alan Hovhaness -- Two Ghazals, Op. 36a"b (1963) / Alan Hovhaness -- Khaldis, Op. 91 [excerpt] (1951) / Alan Hovhaness -- Fra Angelico, Op. 220 [excerpt] (1967) / Alan Hovhaness
Performers:  Şahan Arzruni, piano (Midnight Bell ; Ghazals)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Angelico)
Alan Hovhaness, conductor (Angelico)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Hovhaness, Alan, 1911-2000; 20th century classical; Composition (Music); Spiritualism; Musical intervals and scales; Music -- China; Music -- Japan; Piano music; Sextets (Piano, trumpets (4), percussion); Concertos (Piano with instrumental ensemble); Orchestral music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hovhaness, Alan, 1911-2000; Arzruni, Şahan
Recording Date:  10/3/1989
First Broadcast Date:  2/8/1990
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Invocations to Vahaken, Op. 54 (1945) / Alan Hovhaness
Performers:  Şahan Arzruni, piano
William Winant, percussion
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Hovhaness, Alan, 1911-2000; Borge, Victor; 20th century classical; Composition (Music); Music -- Armenia; Percussion and piano music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hovhaness, Alan, 1911-2000; Arzruni, Şahan; Winant, William
Recording Date:  10/3/1989
First Broadcast Date:  2/8/1990
 
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