Alan Hovhaness : a conductor's analysis featuring Symphony No. 4, op. 165 for Wind Orchestra and Symphony No. 17, op. 203 for Metal Orchestra
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Studying American composers and American music encourages the continued performance of our cultural music masters. Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) is seldom researched and is thus becoming an underperformed composer. He composed during the eclectic compositional era of the twentieth century and is best known for his orchestral works. His music for wind band is not well known by the music community at large. The purpose of this thesis is to provide conductors and performers with a guide to performing and understanding the wind band music of Alan Hovhaness. Part I includes a biographical sketch and ...