Even though he printed in tiny letters in the CD booklet that the duduk in that track was playing the "Armenian melody," he gives no credit to the duduk player for the arrangement / recording of the melody.
Well, here's what happened today.
In an effort to learn about the music arranging process, I decided to listen to two different artists' renditions of the melody, entitled "Hovern Engan" or "Hovern Enkan," and try to create a simple arrangement for orchestral oboe for myself. I spent a couple of hours this afternoon listening intermittently to performances by Jivan Gasparian and by Vatche Hovsepian, who had been the dudukist on "The Feeling Begins."
In the course of trying to figure out the core structure of this song underneath all the advanced embellishments by Gasparian and Hovsepian, I heard something on Hovsepian's recording that sounded very familiar. It was a musical idea that was also on "The Feeling Begins," but played by instruments other than the duduk. By implication, added by Peter Gabriel, and also by implication, composed by him - yet here it was in Hovsepian's arrangement.
The phrase I'm referring to can be heard at time index 1:59 on "The Feeling Begins" (both on the CD track and on the Youtube video below) and at time index 2:47 on Hovsepian's recording of "Hovern Engan."
Now what I'm wondering is, did Gabriel take that from Hovsepian too, or did Hovsepian echo it from having worked on the Passion CD years ago?
My Ocora Records recording of Armenian instrumental music, directed by Robert Ataian, should be arriving in the mail soon. This may be the recording that Gabriel credits in his CD booklet. If it is, we'll see if this same musical idea is in Hovsepian's earlier performance of the piece.
For now, I leave you with all three versions of the music via this video from Youtube uploaded by Aussiemystic and via links to Hovsepian's and Gasparian's performances of the work. Enjoy.
Hovern Engan played by Vatche Hovsepian
Hovern Enkan played by Jivan Gasparian (you have to click on the actual song title on this one because it's cued up to a different track)
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