Symphony No. 2, Op. 132, Mysterious Mountain is a three-movement orchestral composition by the American composer Alan Hovhaness. The symphony was commissioned by the conductor Leopold Stokowski and the Houston Symphony, and premiered live on NBC television in October 1955 on the Houston Symphony’s first program with Stokowski as conductor.[1][2] The first and most popular […]

Symphony No. 2, Op. 132, Mysterious Mountain is a three-movement orchestral composition by the American composer Alan Hovhaness. The symphony was commissioned by the conductor Leopold Stokowski and the Houston Symphony, and premiered live on NBC television in October 1955 on the Houston Symphony’s first program with Stokowski as conductor.[1][2] The first and most popular recording of the work, released in 1958 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing under Fritz Reiner, is often regarded as the foremost performance of the piece.[1][3][4] This recording, like early performances of the work, predates the composer’s decision to categorize the work “symphony”. Later on, the G. Schirmer published score was titled Mysterious Mountain with “Symphony No. 2” printed as a subtitle in smaller typeface


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