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Prominent musicians remember American composer Elliott Carter (who would have turned 104 today) through his music. Carter died last month.
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December 11, 2012 Musicians who loved Elliott Carter and his music remember the great composer (who died last month at age 103) by discussing pieces of his music that touched them personally. They show how his long professional relationships with performers illuminated the conversational complexity of his music.
Composer Elliott Carter, who died on Nov. 5 at age 103.
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November 12, 2012 The world-renowned conductor and pianist reflects on his late friend and colleague Elliott Carter, whose music he strongly championed: "Sometimes I think if Haydn were alive today, he would compose like Carter did in his last years."
Elliott Carter at Tanglewood in 2008 on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz is sitting right behind Carter.
Michael J. Lutch
November 7, 2012 Carter lived one of the most fulfilled lives any artist could wish for. What's sad about his death Monday at 103 isn't just that a whole era in music has come to an end, but that Carter was still composing, and on the highest level.
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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
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November 6, 2012 Hear an excerpt of MacArthur "genius" cellist Alisa Weilerstein's excellent pairing of the Elgar Cello Concerto — recorded with Daniel Barenboim, whose late wife Jacqueline Du Pre's name was synonymous with this piece— and the cello concerto by Elliott Carter, who died yesterday at 103.
Composer Elliott Carter at the piano in 1989.
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November 5, 2012 The composer, who was born in 1908 and won two Pulitzer Prizes for music that could be challenging and adventurously modern, died in New York.
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Composer Elliott Carter celebrated his 103rd birthday Thursday at a concert given in his honor at the 92nd Street Y (with Carol Archer, left, co-producer of the event).
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December 11, 2011 The centenarian still wakes up every morning eager to write a new piece of music.
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From Kentucky to Carnegie Hall: the musicians on their way to their New York debut, 1950.
courtesy of the Louisville Orchestra
May 25, 2011 A new documentary tells the amazing story of Louisville, Kentucky, where new music was the catalyst for a city's resurgence.
Jason Vieaux decided not to discriminate against living composers when planning his Dinner With The Dead.
November 4, 2010 Bach might be too boring. And Beethoven too deaf. Neither of these composers are the right fit for guitarist Jason Vieaux's ideal "dinner with the dead," so he picked a composer very much alive -- the 101-year-old Elliott Carter.
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Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard takes an assortment of French music to WGBH in Boston.
May 13, 2010 The French pianist focuses on modern music from his homeland, playing short pieces by Ravel, Boulez and Messiaen at the WGBH studio in Boston.
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February 9, 2009 Classical icons such as Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns got pushed aside at this year's Grammy Awards to make way for names such as Stucky, Schoenberg, Carter and Paulus. Hear some of the winning recordings.
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