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Carter, ElliottConversations - from "Two Controversies and a Conversation" (2010) 7'
for piano, percussion and chamber orchestra or full orchestra

Scoring
1(=picc).2.2(I=EbCl, II=bcl).1-1.2.1.0-strings (min:2.2.2.2.2).
Abbreviations (PDF).

Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
6/26/2011
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Colin Currie, percussion / Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano / Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Oliver Knussen


Composer's Notes  
Conversations treats the piano as a percussion instrument within the percussion group. Conversations take place between the two soloists and with the orchestra, which plays a minor role. It was composed during the summer of 2010.

-May 5, 2011

Press Quotes  
"Carter's late, late style in its tersest distillation. No words are wasted in a conversation notable nonetheless for urbanity and wit, for a vigorous responsiveness and a lack of any wistfulness."
— Paul Driver, Sunday Times

"What zip. What zest. What remarkable atmospheric range rushes past in just seven minutes."
— Igor Toronyi-Lalic, The ArtsDesk

News stories for this title :

  • Elliott Carter: Conversations premiered at Aldeburgh Festival
  • Elliott Carter: Summer premieres of Conversations and Flute Concerto





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