Elliott Carter1908 - 2012
"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
Epigrams Carter’s final work, receives its posthumous world premiere, June 22 in Suffolk, UK as part of the Aldeburgh Festival, with the U.S. premiere taking place at the Tanglewood Music Center, August 9. * More Carter works abound at Tanglewood in a series of concerts from August 8-20, featuring Instances (East Coast premiere), Retrouvailles, Tri-Tribute, and 90 +.
Video: View a series of interviews with Elliott Carter talking about his life and music.
“[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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