Dr. Alfred Reed developed his interest in the concert band while serving with an Army Air Force Band during World War II. He studied at Juilliard, worked as composer and arranger during the early years of NBC and ABC, taught at Baylor University and the University of Miami, and served as senior editor for a major NY music publishing firm. He is a frequent guest conductor all over the world. With more than 250 published works, he is one of the nation's most prolific and frequently performed composers.
The Armenian Dances, Parts I and II, are a four-movement suite based on authentic Armenian folk songs from the collected works of Gomidas Vartabed, the founder of Armenian classical music. Part I, the first movement, is built upon five different songs. In Part II, the first movement, Hov Arek (Come, Breeze) is a lyrical peasant's plea summoning the wind, Khoomar is a rhythmic wedding dance, and Lorva Horovel is a plow song from the Lori district depicting a farmer's physical and spiritual labors.
These works were commissioned by Dr. Harry Begian and premiered by him with the University of Illinois Symphonic Band in 1973 (Part I) and 1976 (Part II). --James Huff 19:59, 28 November 2008 (UTC) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)