Music: The Wandering Armenian

"I am interested," says Alan Hovhaness, "only in serenity of the mind." In his search for it, Composer Hovhaness is traveling around the world, and during the trip—working in railway coaches, airplanes, steamy hotel rooms—he has serenely turned out four symphonies, one opera, a concerto and four piano pieces. Last week in Tokyo he displayed some of the fruits of serenity to warmly applauding Japanese.

In his 49 years, estimates Composer Hovhaness, he has probably written 1,200 pieces, including 16 symphonies. In 1943 he destroyed almost everything he had written up to that...

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