In a video documentary produced by Jean Walkinshaw, Hovhaness recalled the first time as a boy that he heard music from a "composer." That composer was Schubert.
When Hovhaness composed "Saturn" for our Long Island Chamber Ensemble, for soprano, clarinet, and piano, he said that he had been inspired by Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock" for that same combination.
Larry Sobol, our clarinetist (and later, the producer of Hovhaness' 80th Anniversary concert in Carnegie Hall,) visited Hovhaness toward the end of his life when Hovhaness was in a wheelchair and very frail. Larry recounted that he gently bent down, asked Alan whether he was still listening to music.
"Schubert" was the hushed reply.