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"Well, at least she didn't dress up the kitty!"
Fittingly, Alan Hovhaness' popular and otherworldly second symphony, "Mysterious Mountain," debuted on today's date in 1955, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. "Mountains are symbols, like pyramids, of man's attempt to know God," Hovhaness said of his subtitle, calling them "symbolic meeting places between the mundane and spiritual worlds." Of the work's structure he commented, "Things that are complicated tend to disappear and get lost. Simplicity is difficult, not easy."