Posted by TUBAdAMORE on August 13, 1999 at 00:08:28:
In Reply to: Re: Mysterious Mnt. posted by Jay Bertolet on August 11, 1999 at 08:00:25:
Associated Music Publishers , is the publisher.
Hovhaness described the second symphony, composed in 1955, in these words:
The first and last movements are hymn-like and lyrical, using irregular
metrical forms. The first subject of the second movement, a double fugue, is
developed in a slow vocal style. The rapid subject is played by the strings,
with its own counter-subject and with strict four-voice canonic episodes
and triple counterpoint episodes ... In the last movement a chant in 7/4 is
played softly by muted horns and trombones. A giant wave in 13-beat meter
rises to a climax and recedes ... A middle melody is sung by the oboes and
clarinets. Muted violins return with the earlier chant, which is gradually
given to the full orchestra.
On the significance of the title Mysterious Mountain, he wrote:
Mountains are symbols, like pyramids, of man's attempt to know God.
Mountains are symbolic meeting places between the mundane and spiritual
worlds. To some, the Mysterious Mountain may be the phantom peak,
unmeasured, thought to be higher than Everest, as seen from great
distances by fliers in Tibet. To some it may be the solitary mountain, the
tower of strength over a countryside--Fujiyama, Ararat, Monadnock, Shasta
or Grand Teton.