Elliott Carter

Biography

Born: December 11, 1908; USA   Died: November 5, 2012; New York, NY  
One of the most significant post-World War II American composers, Elliott Carter was a forceful and eloquent voice into his tenth decade. From an early, quasi-neo-Classical style, Carter forged his own complex, dramatically oriented adaptation of serial methods.

His initial education was at the Horace Mann School and at Harvard, where he obtained a B.A. in English, in 1930; two years later, he got his M.A. in Music, after studies
Read more with Walter Piston and Gustav Holst. He also received early encouragement from Charles Ives. From Harvard, he went to Paris, studying at the Ecole Normale de Musique and taking private lessons with Nadia Boulanger. Carter had an interest in modern music almost from the beginning (in fact, he once said that he took his degrees at Harvard so he could be near the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which under Serge Koussevitzky's direction was performing a broad range of contemporary compositions at the time). But he also sang in a madrigal group and conducted choral concerts in Paris, and has pursued interests in mathematics, literature, and languages.

After his return to the U.S., he served as the musical director of the Ballet Caravan from 1937 to 1939. From 1940 on, Carter has held an impressive variety of teaching posts at, among others, St. John's College, Annapolis (1940-1942); the Peabody Conservatory (1946-1948); Columbia University (1948-1950); Queen's College, New York (1955-1956); Yale University (1960-1962); the American Academy in Rome (1963 and 1967); and the Juilliard School (1972). Carter has also been the recipient of many honors and awards, including honorary doctorates from almost a dozen universities, many foundation grants, a Prix de Rome, two Guggenheim fellowships, and Pulitzer Prizes for his second (1960) and third (1973) string quartets.

His ballet Pocahontas, written for the Ballet Caravan, and the Holiday Overture (1944) are representative of Carter's early style, a fusion of Igor Stravinsky's neo-Classicism and the American populism of Aaron Copland. In the mid-'40s, however, Carter decided that the style he had employed to that point avoided some important modes of expression. Subsequent works, such as the 1946 Piano Sonata and the 1948 Cello Sonata, employ more dissonance and rhythmic complexity. Carter developed his notion of "metrical modulation," in which one tempo leads gradually to another through changing the note values in different voices of the ensemble. One starts to hear this process in the String Quartet No. 1 (1951), and colorful works like the Variations for Orchestra (1954-1955), the Double Concerto (1961) and the Quartet No. 2 develop those ideas further. Carter also occasionally develops dramatic scenarios for his compositions. The Quartet No. 3, for example, pits two duos (violin/viola and violin/cello) against one another as they play in different tempos and rhythms; Claus Adam of the Juilliard Quartet, which premiered the work, called it the most difficult work the quartet had ever played.

Carter went on to write a total of five quartets, along with a variety of symphonic works, concertos, chamber and solo pieces and, in the late '70s and early '80s, a handful of vocal works. He continued to be productive late in his life: Carter's Symphonia: sum fluxae pretium spei (1993-1996), which he completed at the age of 88, was received with great enthusiasm. Carter astounded the music world by creating his first opera, What Next? (1998), at the age of 90.
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Carter: Piano Concerto, Concerto For Orchestra, 3 Occasions / Oppens, Gielen
Release Date: 06/14/2005   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 277730   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann: Kreisleriana; Carter: Night Fantasies; Stravinsky: Trois Mouvements De Petroushka
Release Date: 04/14/2015   Label: New Focus  
Catalog: 159   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    John Corigliano, Elliott Carter: American Clarinet Concertos
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 1230 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano,  Elliott Carter
    Performer:  Eddy Vanoosthuyse
    Conductor:  Paul Meyer
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    Viola Viola / Hsin-Yun Huang
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9387 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Steven Mackey,  Poul Ruders,  George Benjamin,  Elliott Carter  ... 
    Performer:  Hsin-Yun Huang,  Sarah Rothenberg,  Misha Amory
    Conductor:  Steven Mackey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Modern Ensemble,  Evergreen Symphony Orchestra,  Gernot Schmalfuss
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  • 28.
    Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos / Alisa Weilerstein
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001759202 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Elliott Carter
    Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 29.
    NY Counterpoint / Lucia Kye, Tony Park
    Label: Fleur De Son   Catalog: 58003 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Horovitz,  Elliott Carter,  Robert Muczynski,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Kye,  Tony Park
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    Pierre-Laurent Aimard - The Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564660448 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  György Ligeti,  Olivier Messiaen,  Elliott Carter  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Sophie Cherrier,  Tabea Zimmermann,  Alexei Lubimov
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  • 31.
    Elementia / Eric Banks, The Esoterics
    Label: Terpsichore Records   Catalog: 301 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  David Asplin,  Donald M. Skirvin,  Ildebrando Pizzetti,  Lajos Bárdos  ... 
    Performer:  Skylar Carroll,  Tom Hitt,  Cathy Federici,  Pam Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Banks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Esoterics
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    Immaginosa / Eric Banks, The Esoterics
    Label: Terpsichore (Classical)   Catalog: 505 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine,  William Hawley,  Elliott Carter,  Stephen Paulus  ... 
    Performer:  Laura Certain,  Chris Jeffries,  Erin Harlan,  Pam Policastri  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Banks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Esoterics
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  • 33.
    American Song / Meriel Dickinson, Peter Dickinson
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 231 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Elliott Carter,  Virgil Thomson,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Dickinson,  Meriel Dickinson
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    Francesca Anderegg
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1361 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Arnold Schoenberg,  George Perle,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Francesca Anderegg,  Brent Funderburk
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  • 35.
    Terrestre / Claire Chase
    Label: New Focus   Catalog: 122 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kaija Saariaho,  Franco Donatoni,  Elliott Carter,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Performer:  Kivie Cahn-Lipman,  Claire Chase,  Nathan Davis,  Nuiko Wadden  ... 
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  • 36.
    A Recital Experience / Weimarer Blaserquintett
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 12225 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pavel Haas,  Elliott Carter,  Claude Paul Taffanel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weimarer Bläserquintett
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  • 37.
    J. S. Bach,  C. P. E.  Bach,  Berio, Carter, Britten / Celine Moinet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902118 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luciano Berio,  Benjamin Britten,  Elliott Carter  ... 
    Performer:  Céline Moinet
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  • 38.
    Wanted - Boulez, Carter, Schaathun / Hakon Austbo
    Label: Norway Music   Catalog: 5071 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Elliott Carter,  Asbjorn Schaathun
    Performer:  Hakon Austbo,  Asbjorn Blokkum Flo
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  • 39.
    Looking Back: Schwantner, Carter, Persichetti, Barber, Martino / Garrison, Mauchley
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1329 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Schwantner,  Elliott Carter,  Donald Martino,  Vincent Persichetti  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Garrison,  Jay Mauchley
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  • 40.
    Contrechant /  Reto Bieri
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001627102 Release Date: 12/06/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Elliott Carter,  Peter Eötvös,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Performer:  Reto Bieri
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  • 41.
    Lines / Caroline Stinson
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1281 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Roger Sessions,  John Harbison,  Witold Lutoslawski  ... 
    Performer:  Caroline Stinson,  Molly Morkoski
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  • 42.
    Orion Weiss Plays J.s. Bach, Scriabin, Mozart & Carter
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: 78873 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Elliott Carter,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Orion Weiss
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  • 43.
    American Music For Percussion Vol 2 / New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559684 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Carter,  Peter Child,  Edward Cohen,  John Harbison  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Epstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
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  • 44.
    Carter: Concerto for Orchestra; Knussen: Oceans de terre
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 96354 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Elliott Carter,  Oliver Knussen
    Performer:  Ole Böhn,  Lisa Saffer,  Lucy Shelton,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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  • 45.
    Resonance / Daniel Lippel
    Label: New Focus   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Gilbert,  Judah E. Adashi,  Soonjung Suh,  Elliott Carter  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Lippel
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  • 46.
    Musica Viva 18 - Carter, Zimmermann: Cello Concertos / Vogler, Jarvi
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 11014 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Carter,  Udo Zimmermann
    Performer:  Jan Vogler
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    The Voice Of The Composer - New Music From Bowling Green, Vol. 6
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1214 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Carter,  Raymond Lustig,  Steven Edward Stucky,  Marilyn Shrude  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Leclair,  Jesse Blumberg
    Conductor:  Emily Freeman Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bowling Green Philharmonia
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    Alto/Multiples
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 981 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  Luciano Berio,  Emmanuel Nunes  ... 
    Performer:  Christophe Desjardins
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  • 49.
    Old English Songs And Dances / Western Brass Quintet
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 537 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Whaley,  Donald Bullock,  Anthony Holborne,  Elliott Carter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass Quintet
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 118 Release Date: 03/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Quincy Porter,  Elliott Carter
    Performer:  David Glazer,  Murray Panitz,  Jerome Roth,  Bernard H. Garfield
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stanley Quartet of the University of Michigan
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Elliott Carter


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. ?
II. ?
I. -
II. -
I. Maestoso
I. Allegro scorrevole (from bar 356)
II. Allegro scorrevole
II. Adagio (from bar 57)
III. Variations
Introduction -
I. Allegro fantastico -
I. Cadenza for viola -
II. Presto scherzando -
II. Cadenza for cello -
III. Andante espressivo -
III. Cadenza for violin I -
IV. Allegro -
IV. Conclusion
I. Moderato
II. vivace, molto leggiero
III. Adagio
IV. Alllegro
WORKS
1. Drammatico
2. Allegro Appassionato
3. Giocoso
4. Lento
5. Maestoso
6. Tranquillo
7. Allegro Fantastico
Scherzando
Deciso
Tranquillo
Presto
Largo
Giocoso
Agitato
Concerto for Orchestra: Introduction (Misterioso)
Concerto for Orchestra: I. Allegro non troppo
Concerto for Orchestra: II. Presto volando
Concerto for Orchestra: III. Maestoso
Concerto for Orchestra: IV. Coda
Concerto for Orchestra: Coda (Allegro molto)
I. ?
II. ?
Violin Concerto: I. Impulsivo
Violin Concerto: II. Angosciato (violin)
Violin Concerto: III. Scherzando
I. -
II. -
I. Maestoso
II. Quietly
III. Adagio possibile
IV. Vivace
V. Andante
VI. Allegretto leggero
VII. Intensely
VIII. Presto
Fantasy: Tempo giusto
No. 1. Statement: Remembering Aaron
No. 2. Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi
No. 3. Rhapsodic Musings
No. 4. Fantasy: Remembering Roger
I. Maestoso
I. Allegro scorrevole (from bar 356)
II. Allegro scorrevole
II. Adagio (from bar 57)
III. Variations
Introduction -
I. Allegro fantastico -
I. Cadenza for viola -
II. Presto scherzando -
II. Cadenza for cello -
III. Andante espressivo -
III. Cadenza for violin I -
IV. Allegro -
IV. Conclusion
Duo II: Maestoso (giusto sempre) - Duo I: Furioso (quasi rubato sempre) -
Duo I: Giocoso (bar 90) - Duo II: Scorrevole (bar 106) -
Duo I: Leggerissimo (bar 136) - Duo II: Giusto, meccanico (bar 151) -
Duo I: Giocoso (bar 197) - Duo II: Maestoso (bar 219) -
Duo II: Largo tranquillo (bar 254) - Duo I: Leggerissimo (bar 277) -
Duo II: Scorrevole (bar 366) - Duo I: Andante espressivo (bar 380)
Appassionato -
Scherzando (stesso tempo) -
Lento (stesso tempo) -
Presto
Introduction
I. Giocoso
Interlude I
II. Lento espressivo
Interlude II
III. Presto scorrevole
Interlude III
IV. Allegro energico
Interlude IV
V. Adagio sereno
Interlude V
VI. Capriccioso
I. Allegretto
II. Allegro giocoso
I. Moderato
II. vivace, molto leggiero
III. Adagio
IV. Alllegro
I. Risoluto
II. Lento
III. Allegro
1. Partita
2. Adagio tenebroso
3. Allegro scorrevole
I. Moderately, wistfully
II. Slowly, gravely
III. Vivaciously
Three Occasions for Orchestra: A Celebration of some 100 x 150 Notes
Three Occasions for Orchestra: Remembrance
Three Occasions for Orchestra: Anniversary