Elliott Carter memorial broadcast, November 6th.
On November 6, WKCR will dedicate our broadcast to the music of Elliott Carter. The Pulitzer Prize-winning, American composer died November 5th. Carter was 103. The memorial broadcast will begin at 11:59 tonight.
Carter spent time in Europe, and New York as a child; traveling with his family, and being exposed to the music of Alexander Scriabin, Arnold Schoenberg, and Igor Stravinsky. Carter graduated from Harvard in 1930 with a M.A. in Music. With the encouragement of Nadia Boulanger, Carter went to study with her in Paris. Returning to the United States in the late thirties, Carter taught through the 1970‘s: St. John’s College (1940-1942), Peabody Conservatory (1946-1948), Columbia University (1948-1950), Queen’s College, New York (1955-1956), and Juilliard School (1972).
Carter was familiar with composing in the neoclassical style of the time --“Pocahontas” (1939)-- but his music reached far more dissonance in the 1950’s with “String Quartet No. 1”. Carter worked on modulating the tempo within a composition, and exemplified this technique in “String Quartet No. 1, 2 & 3”. In 1960, Carter was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “String Quartet No. 2”, and again for “String Quartet No. 3”. Carter pursued a representation of the 20th century through his composition. The instruments in Carter’s music were individualized with notations such as, “expressive”, “laconic”, “somewhat impetuous”. Carter composed for chamber ensembles, solo instruments, singers, and symphonies; his first opera, “What Next?”, premiered when he was 90.
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