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Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Elliott Carter has died on Monday in New York City. He died in his Greenwich Village apartment, which he and his wife bought in 1945 and where he had lived ever since. He was 103.

Twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, first composer to receive the United States National Medal of Arts, one of the few composers ever awarded Germany’s Ernst Von Siemens Music Prize, and in 1988 made Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France, Elliott Carter is internationally recognized as one of the leading American voices of the classical music tradition. He recently received the Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award, bestowed by the Principality of Monaco, and is one of only a handful of living composers elected to the Classical Music Hall of Fame.

First encouraged toward a musical career by his friend and mentor Charles Ives, Carter was recognized by the Pulitzer Prize Committee for the first time in 1960 for his ground-breaking String Quartet No. 2. Stravinsky hailed Carter’s Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano, and two chamber orchestras (1961) and Piano Concerto (1967), as “masterpieces.” While he spent much of the 1960s working on just two works, the Piano Concerto and Concerto for Orchestra (1969), the breakthroughs he achieved in those pieces led to an artistic resurgence that gathered momentum in the decades that followed. Indeed, one of the extraordinary features of Carter’s career was his astonishing productivity and creative vitality which lasted into his eleventh decade.  Active until the very end, he completed his last piece in August 2012.


Albums Featuring Works by Elliott Carter

ELLIOTT CARTER 100TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE
Mosaic • Dialogues • Enchanted Preludes
Scrivo In Vento • Gra • Steep Steps
Figments Nos. 1-2 • Lauds Nos. 2-3

New Music Concerts Ensemble • Robert Aitken
Naxos 8.559614

CARTER String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5
Pacifica Quartet
Naxos 8.559362

 
 

CARTER String Quartets Nos. 2, 3 and 4
Pacifica Quartet
Naxos 8.559363

Elliot CARTER Complete String Quartets, 100th Anniversary Release [+DVD]
Pacifica Quartet
New Music Concerts Ensemble • Robert Aitken

Naxos 8.503225 • 3CD+DVD
CARTER Symphony No. 1, Piano Concerto, Holiday Overture
Mark Wait, piano
Nashville Symphony Orchestra • Kenneth Schermerhorn

Naxos 8.559151

 

CARTER Tintinnabulation
From: AMERICAN MUSIC FOR PERCUSSION, VOL. 2
New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble • Frank Epstein
Naxos 8.559684

CARTER Cello Sonata, Piano Sonata
Bernard Greenhouse, cello • Anthony Makas, piano
Beveridge Webster, piano

Naxos Classical Archives 9.80661

(Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions. Exclusively available for streaming and download. Not available on CD.)

CARTER The Minotaur Suite (+ C. McPHEE)
Eastman Rochester Symphony Orchestra • Howard Hanson
Naxos Classical Archives 9.80011

(Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions. Exclusively available for streaming and download. Not available on CD.)

CARTER Canon for 3 ‘In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky’
From: MODERN TRUMPET
Reinhold Friedrich, Wolfgang Bauer and Markus Mester, trumpets
Capriccio C10439

CARTER Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello, and Harpsichord
From: 20TH CENTURY BAROQUE
Rembrandt Chamber Players
Cedille CDR90000-011

CARTER Early Chamber Music
Chicago Pro Musica
Cedille CDR90000-048

OPPENS PLAYS CARTER: Elliott Carter at 100 – Piano Music
Ursula Oppens, piano
Cedille CDR90000-108

 

CARTER Matribute, Two Diversions, Caténaires
From: PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD: NOT JUST ONE TRUTH
EuroArts 2055798 [DVD]

CARTER Esprit rude / esprit doux
Guy Eshed, flute • Karl-Heinz Steffens, clarinet
CARTER 4 Lauds: Nos. 1 and 2
Michael Barenboim, violin
From: JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008
EuroArts 2057338 [DVD]
ELLIOTT CARTER: A LABYRINTH OF TIME
A documentary film by Frank Scheffer
Idéale Audience DVD9DS17

CARTER Piano Sonata
From: ORION
Orion Weiss, piano
Yarlung YAR78873


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