Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo

It's "Cinco de Mayo" today. In honor of this special occasion, I thought I'd offer you a few Armenian folk songs.

Armenia is in South America, right?


These pieces are by the very prolific Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness, from his collection 12 Armenian Folk Songs (Opus 43).


While this is among the easiest of his piano works, it does offer some challenges to me. Unusual scales and meters, for instance. I have no doubt I've totally botched some of these.


Nonetheless, I've had great fun learning these. I'm sorry I neglected Hovhaness for so long!


The rest of the collection is coming soon, along with some commentary. But I really need to go watch American Idol now!

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