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Elliott Carter (1908–2012)

November 6, 2012

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
Naxos 8.559614

CARTER String Quartets Nos 1 & 5
Naxos 8.559362

CARTER String Quartets Nos 2, 3 & 4
Naxos 8.559363

CARTER Complete String Quartets, 100th Anniversary Release [+DVD]
Naxos 8.503225

CARTER Symphony No 1, Piano Concerto
Naxos 8.559151

American Music for Percussion Vol 2
- CARTER, CHILD, COHEN, HARBISON, LERDAHL

Naxos 8.559684

CARTER Cello Sonata, Piano Sonata
Naxos 9.80661

CARTER The Minotaur Suite
Naxos 9.80011

CARTER Canon for 3 ‘In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky’
From: MODERN TRUMPET

Capriccio C10439

CARTER Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello & Harpsichord
From: 20TH-CENTURY BAROQUE

Cedille CDR90000-011

CARTER Early Chamber Music
Cedille CDR90000-048

OPPENS PLAYS CARTER: Elliott Carter at 100 – Piano Music
Cedille CDR90000-108

CARTER Matribute, Two Diversions, Caténaires
From: PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD: NOT JUST ONE TRUTH

Euroarts 2055798

CARTER Esprit rude, esprit doux
CARTER 4 Lauds - Nos 1 & 2
From: JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC

Euroarts 2057338

ELLIOTT CARTER: A LABYRINTH OF TIME
A documentary film by Frank Scheffer
Idéale Audience DVD9DS17

CARTER Piano Sonata
From: ORION

Yarlung YAR78873

 

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