Alan Hovhaness – Storm On Mount Wildcat, Op. 2, No. 2
Conducted by Gerard Schwarz
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Liner Notes by Hinako Fujihara Hovhaness:
When Alan was composing Symphony No. 56, To The Green Mountains, he expressed his fascination with composing storm music to me, “Rossini composed a storm in his opera, William Tell, and Sibelius in The Tempest. I would like to compose my storm.” His storm was a New Hampshire mountain storm.
When he was about twelve years old, his favorite uncle, Frank, often took Alan nature-painting to the high hills overlooking the New Hampshire White Mountains. (That was one of his few happy childhood memories.) He was not satisfied just painting a peaceful landscape, he wanted something dramatic, an awesome storm on the mountains.
The Storm On Mount Wildcat was composed in 1931 when he was twenty years old. I hear the music influenced by his favorite composers, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and others. He believed in beauty and ugliness, peace and destruction–all in good contrast as in nature, under the divine order.