Monday, 5 November 2012

R.I.P. Elliott Carter 1908-2012



Let him not be primarily remembered for his extraordinary longevity, composing four years into his second century. (How long ago it now seems since we celebrated his 100th birthday!) Let him not even primarily be remembered as the greatest of all American composers to date. (About that there should be no doubt whatsoever!) Let him be remembered above all as the possessor and communicator of an almost Haydn-like musical imagination that brought the following into the world:



3 comments:

Lisa Hirsch said...

Thanks, Mark.

bob priest said...

just because YOU believe carter is the greatest american composer doesn't necessarily make it so.

but, hey, it's your blog. so, if such a proclamation makes you happy, well, enjoy . . .

ps
may mr. carter rest in peace.

Alan Goodwin said...

This is true of any value judgment so why bother making the comment unless you have an alternative suggestion and are willing and prepared to argue for it? Having read Mark's blog for a while but knowing little about Carter I'm now motivated to find and listen to more of his music.