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Elliott Cook Carter Jr. After an early neoclassical phase, he developed a personal harmonic and rhythmic language. Carter was twice awarded cadter Pulitzer Prize.
Carter was productive in his later years, publishing more than 40 works between the ages of 90 and and over 20 more after he turned in As a teenager, he developed an interest in music, and was encouraged by Charles Iveswho sold insurance to Carter’s family. While a student at the Horace Mann Catenires, he wrote an admiring letter to Ives, who responded and urged him to pursue his interest in music.
When Carter attended Harvard, starting in Ives took him under his wing and ctenaires sure elpiott went to the BSO concerts conducted by Serge Koussevitzkywho programmed contemporary works frequently.
Carter earned a master’s degree in music from Harvard in He worked with Boulanger from toand in the latter year received a doctorate in music Mus. Later that same year, he returned to the US to write music for the Ballet Caravan.
They had one child, a son, David Chambers Carter.
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He lived with his wife in the same apartment in Greenwich Village from the time they bought it in to her death in From tohe taught at St. John’s Eoliott in Annapolis, Maryland. Inhe was appointed a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. On February 7,he received a Trustees Award a lifetime achievement award given to non-performers from the Grammy Awards. Carter wrote music every morning until his death,  of natural causes, on November 5, at his home in New York Cityat age Carter catenxires his only opera, What Next?
The work premiered in Berlin in and had its first staging in the United States at the Tanglewood Music Festival inconducted by James Levine. Between the ages of 90 and he published more than 40 works, and after cagenaires th birthday he composed at least 20 more. Some of his music during the Second World War is fairly diatonicand includes a melodic lyricism reminiscent of Samuel Barber. Starting in the late s his music shows an increasing development of a personal harmonic and rhythmic language characterized by elaborate rhythmic layering and metric modulation.
A series of Carter’s works in the s and s generates its tonal material by using all possible chords of a particular number of pitches. Among his better known works are the Variations for Orchestra —5 ; the Double Ellliott for Harpsichord and Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras —61 ; the Piano Concerto —65written as an 85th-birthday present for Stravinsky; the Concerto for Orchestraloosely based on a poem by Saint-John Perse ; and the Symphony of Three Orchestras He also composed five string quartets of which the second and third won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in and respectively.
The Piano Concerto —65 uses the collection of three-note chords for its pitch material; the Third String Quartet uses all four-note chords; the Concerto for Orchestra all five-note chords; and A Symphony of Three Orchestras uses the collection of six-note chords.
Carter also made frequent use of “tonic” note chords. Of particular interest are “all-interval” elljott chords, where every interval is represented within adjacent notes of the chord. His solo piano work Night Fantasies uses the entire collection of the 88 symmetrical-inverted all-interval note chords. Typically, the pitch material is segmented between instruments, with a unique set of chords or sets assigned to each instrument or orchestral section.
This stratification of material, with individual voices assigned not ellott their own unique pitch material but texture and rhythm as well, is a key component of Carter’s style. His music after Night Fantasies has been termed his late period and his tonal language became less systematized and more intuitive, but catenalres the basic characteristics of his earlier works.
Carter’s use of rhythm can best be understood with the concept of stratification.
Each instrumental voice is typically assigned its own set of tempos. A structural polyrhythmwhere a very slow polyrhythm is used as a formal device, is present in many of Carter’s works.
Night Fantasiesfor example, uses a This use of rhythm was part of his elliott of the notion of counterpoint to encompass simultaneous different characters, even entire movements, rather than just individual lines. He said that such steady pulses reminded him of soldiers marching or horses trotting, sounds no longer heard in the late 20th century, and he wanted his music to capture the sort of continuous acceleration or deceleration experienced in an automobile or an airplane.
Twentieth-century poets cartsr inspired several of his large instrumental works, such as the Concerto for Orchestra and A Symphony of Three Orchestras.
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List of cartrr by Elliott Carter Category: Compositions by Elliott Carter. Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. Pulitzer Prize for Music — Giants in the Earth Gail Kubik ‘ Concerto Concertante Gian Carlo Menotti ‘ Meditations on Ecclesiastes Samuel Barber ‘ Vanessa John La Montaine ‘ Complete list — — — — — — — — Citations.
Windows Elliott Carter ‘ Notturno Dominick Argento ‘ Air Music Richard Wernick ‘ Visions of Terror and Wonder Michael Colgrass ‘ Deja Vu Joseph Schwantner ‘ Aftertones of Infinity David Del Tredici ‘ In Memory of a Summer Day. Four Movements for Piano Charles Fussell ‘ Wilde Ralph Shapey ‘ Concerto Fantastique Leon Kirchner ‘ Music for Cello and Orchestra Joan Tower ‘ Violin Concerto Aaron Jay Kernis ‘ Still Movement with Hymn Charles Wuorinen ‘ Microsymphony Donald Erb ‘ Evensong Andrew Imbrie ‘ Adam Peter Lieberson ‘ Variations for Violin and Piano Elliott Carter ‘ Adagio tenebroso John Musto ‘ Passacaglia Immaginaria John Adams ‘ Century Rolls Yehudi Wyner ‘ Horntrio David Rakowski ‘ Concerto for Orchestra Donald Martino ‘