Exile Symphony

tissot_the_flight_of_the_prisonersSome Advent music to consider, the First Symphony of Alan Hovhaness. The first movement is here by the Seattle Symphony, a more sympathetic recording than Leopold Stokowski’s 1942 version with the NBC Orchestra. From that link you can get to the third movement which quotes a melody that suggests the shape note tune Morning Song, most frequently used for the hymn “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns.

Mr Hovhaness was inspired to communicate the Armenian genocide, hence the subtitle for the orchestral work, “Exile.” Seems about right for the season.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Exile Symphony

  1. Liam says:

    The shape note original tune (melody in the middle tenor line, naturally), from the Southern Harmony based on the Kentucky Harmony:

    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/walker/harmony/files/gif/Consolation/710.html

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