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Friday, October 31
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Hovhaness in "HOOS-ton" ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Alan Hovhaness (1911 – 2000):
Symphony No. 2 (Mysterious Mountain)
London Symphony; John Williams, cond.
Sony Classical 62729

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Alan Hovhaness
On Leopold Stokowski

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1833 — Russian composer Alexander Borodin, in St. Petersburg (Gregorian date: Nov. 12);
1806 — American composer Louise Talma, in Arcachon, France;
1949 — Cuban-American composer and conductor Odaline de la Martinez, in Matanzas, Cuba;

Deaths:
1870 — Hungarian composer Mihály Mosonyi (Michael Brand), age 55, in Pest;

Premieres:
1724 — Handel: opera "Tamerlano" in London at the King's Theater in the Haymarket (Gregorian date: Nov. 11); This was the London debut of the Italian tenor Francesco Borosini in a work by Handel;
1865 — Brahms: "Theme and Variations" in d (after slow movement of Brahms' String Sextet No. 1), in Frankfurt am Main;
1866 — Offenbach: operetta, "La Vie Parisienne," in Paris, at the Palais-Royal;
1875 — Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 4 in c, Op. 44, in Paris at a concert conducted by Edouard Colonne, with the composer as soloist;
1891 — Mascagni: opera "L'amico Fritz," at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome;
1924 — Hindemith: "Kammermusik" No. 2, Op. 36, no. 1, in Frankfurt, with Clemens Kraus conducting and Emma Lübbecke-Job the piano soloist;
1932 — Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5, by the Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting, with the composer as soloist;
1947 — Chávez: "Toccata" for percussion, in Mexico City;
1949 — Mark Blitzstein: opera "Regina," in New York City;
1955 — Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2 ("Mysterious Mountain"), by the Houston Symphony, Leopold Stokowski conducting;
1966 — Stravinsky: "The Owl and the Pussycat" (dedicated to Vera Stravinsky), in Los Angeles; This was Stravinsky's last composition;
1970 — Crumb: "Ancient Voices of Children," in Washington, D.C.;
1985 — Rorem: "String Symphony," by the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Shaw conducting.


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