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: