A modern composer, he is also a conductor. A khachkar is an ornately carved stone cross found throughout the countryside and mountainous terrains of Armenia. Armenia is the oldest of Christian nations on earth, accepting Christianity as its national religion in the year 301 AD. This piece is based on two borrowed Armenian religious tunes, one of which is the medieval chant "Havoun, havoun" (About the Bird). It is an ancient allegory in which Jesus is portrayed as a rooster speaking to the people of the world.