YEREVAN, JANUARY 17. ARMINFO. Following the success of the 20th anniversary concert of Yerevan’s Alan Hovhaness Chamber Orchestra (November 2004), there is an ambitious plan to build an Alan Hovhaness Museum here in Yerevan, Armenia – land of Hovhaness’s paternal ancestors. ARMINFO was informed in the office the project for foundation of the museum. Hovhaness himself bequeathed scores to the State Museum of Literature and Art of Armenia when he visited us here in 1965.
In 1940 Hovhaness became organist at St. James Armenian Church in Watertown, Massachusetts, and began to thoroughly assimilate the spirit of Armenian liturgical music into his own works. > This is a call to gather materials to send to Yerevan. The proposed museum will need photos, letters, concert programmes, posters, newspaper and magazine articles, CD recordings, LP recordings, concert recordings, scores, transcriptions of radio programmes, reminiscences — in short, anything and everything possible having to do with Hovhaness.
Although it is known with regard to his 1940s ‘Armenian period’, this influence never fully receded throughout the ensuing decades. The people of Yerevan have identified with this music and, as the recent concert success showed, revere him almost as one of their own.