Alan Hovhaness, “Ave Maria”

 

 

 

 

 

I have been looking for consoling music to listen to during this time of crisis.

Most music is too intense for me right now.

I find — and always have — the composer Alan Hovhaness’s “Ave Maria,” Opus 100, no. 1a, for women’s chorus and instrumental accompaniment, which was composed in 1955, to be a beautiful piece that is just right right now. “Ave Maria” is part of a three-part work of the composer entitled Triptych.

My father, Alan W. Smith, had a nodding acquaintance with Hovhaness when both were in their adolescence. He and Hovhaness grew up in the same town (Arlington, Massachusetts) and had the same piano teacher.

 

 

Roger W. Smith

   April 2020

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