Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”)
August 19, 2015
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For this week’s Typhonian Instrumental, I’ve chosen something in honor of the first week of the LV-426 Tradition’s eighteenth year of coming into being. This is the first movement of Howard Hanson’s “Romantic” Symphony, which was played over the end credits of Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979). One of these days I’ll get around to reviewing Alien and explaining why we regard it as a sacred Typhonian work of art; but for now, let me just say that this classical piece haunted me for many years before I finally figured out what it was and who composed it. When I lived in Houston, I used to go to sleep at night with my radio tuned to the local classical station; one night, I drifted halfway out of sleep to hear this music in particular. I recognized it but couldn’t remember where I’d heard it before, and it was so beautiful it made me tear up. I felt very in tune with Seth-Typhon at that moment, though I had no idea why. Many years later, I finally identified Hanson’s work and my brothers and I decided to make this our “official” theme music.
So without further adieu…here is one of the most beautiful pieces of music in the world. Happy Wep Ronpet, and Seth-Typhon be praised!