11. October 2007 · 1 comment · Categories: Quotes

H: I never can understand when people tell me they don’t know how to write music. It’s much easier than writing a letter as far as I’m concerned. And I don’t see any difficulty. If you love music, you can write it. If you can read it, you can write it.

DRD: Virgil Thomson says that composing should be like writing a letter.

H: Yeah, well, it is, but I enjoy composing more.

-Alan Hovhaness in a conversation Dennis Russell Davies Charles Amirkhanianand (RTWT)

1 Comment

  1. Jeannette Clemons

    Man… he was so talented and so tormented…he talks about Lou Harrison, and I feel a little as though I missed that opportunity to touch greatness…I had L.Harrison for MUSICIANSHIP at CSUSJ for heavens sake…and I didnt know.! I have loved Hovahness work since I first heard it (?14 years old…)and so much was just lost… JC