Secret Sound - 10 - Surrounded By Infinite Space (Alan Hovhaness) 

Welcome to Episode 10, “Surrounded By Infinite Space.” With around 500 works to his name, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) is one of the most prolific American composers of the 20th century. His works are pervaded by an idiosyncratic mysticism and as well as a global and cosmic awareness. Hovhaness’ spiritual identity was uniquely syncretic, rooted in his Armenian heritage, while fusing his love of Indian music and philosophy, his love of nature and mountains in particular, and his interest in Vedantic Buddhism, Theosophy, and spiritualism, to name a few. His spiritual guide, Hermon di Giovanno, was a Greek immigrant who worked at a Boston diner that Hovhaness frequented. It was the psychic visions of Giovanno that would guide Hovhaness throughout his adult life. Welcome to the celestial gate…

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  • Paul Shapiro
    Paul Shapiro Santa Fe,NM
    What a wonderful piece on Hovannes, I only met him several times in the 60's. This piece brought me back to my younger days in Boston which were so very rich in the exchange of deep ideas and philosophies.I was very lucky to be there at that time. What has happen to life. why has shallowness become a quality ? Thanks for attivating my inner spirit and memory.

    What a wonderful piece on Hovannes, I only met him several times in the 60's. This piece brought me back to my younger days in Boston which were so very rich in the exchange of deep ideas and philosophies.I was very lucky to be there at that time. What has happen to life. why has shallowness become a quality ? Thanks for attivating my inner spirit and memory.

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