American composer Walter Piston once said:
"The best way to serve the American cause
in music is to remain true to a personal
style instead of trying to figure out formulas
for'Americanisms'".Alan Hovhaness does just that,
he remains true to his very personal and original
musical style, like no other composer in the
20th century. His music is tonal, he uses polyphony
in some works.His works evoke a very spiritual
world and his music is tonal; "Atonality goes against
nature" the composer once said.
If you are not familiar with the music
of Hovhaness, this is a good time
to start listening to his works...