Gallery: Hawaii 1962
Gagaku Lecture, East-West Center

Hovhaness may have been one of the first Westerners to notate the standard chords of the shō (the ancient Japanese mouth organ), which are seen below as part of a lecture he gave on Gagaku music.

Closely related to this instrument's sounds was his subsequent use of shifting tone clusters for string or wind sections in many works of the 1960s, such as Symphony No.15 and the tone poem Floating World.

Image Francis Haar Estate. Published at hovhaness.com by permission of the Francis Haar Estate.