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Elliott Carter

 1908 - 2012Photo credit: Meredith Heuer

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"One of America's most distinguished creative artists in any field" (Aaron Copland) * Intricate, mercurial work often mirrored human interactions and relationships * Late career creative burst yielded an outpouring of major orchestral scores, along with numerous chamber works, in a style marked by transparency and clarity of texture, with a new directness of formal design * Music championed by leading conductors including Boulez, Barenboim, Knussen, Dohnányi, Levine, Gielen, Holliger and Morlot * His many awards include official recognition from the governments of France, Germany, Italy, and the U.S. * Awarded two Pulitzer Prizes (String Quartet No. 2, 1960; String Quartet No. 3, 1973)

Works by Elliott Carter include:
Triple Duo (1983) for chamber ensemble
Symphonia for orchestra: Partita (1993), Adagio Tenebroso (1994), Allegro Scorrevole (1996)
What Next? (1999) opera in one act
Flute Concerto (2008) for flute and ensemble


Looking Ahead: The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation celebrates the works of Elliott Carter in Salzburg during its Mozart Week 2015 in late January. In addition, the final premiere of Elliott Carter, The American Sublime, will be given by James Levine and the MET Chamber Ensemble this March at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Video: View a series of interviews with Elliott Carter talking about his life and music.

"There is often wit and humour to be heard in [Carter's] work; anger in some of the earlier big pieces; increasing lyricism and beauty in the compositions of the recent decades. He is America's great musical poet." — Andrew Porter, Musical America

“[Carter’s music is] often suffused with quiet delight, as if the Moderns’ great crisis of subjectivity might, and should, be looked on as an opportunity rather than an occasion for terrible doubt.” — Guy Dammann, Times Literary Supplement


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