Composer Elliott Carter dies at age 103

Elliot Carter, recognized as one of the most distinguished American voices in classical music, died at the age of 103 in New York.  In a career that spanned over 75 years, Carter composed 158 works.

Carter was born in New York City on December 11, 1908, and was first encouraged to pursue a career in classical music by his friend and mentor Charles Ives.  Carter attended Harvard University where he studied under Walter Piston.  Carter then moved to Paris and began his compositional studies with Nadia Boulanger.

In his lifetime, Carter received two Pulitzer Prizes, as well as many other prestigious awards.  He was named the Commander of the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” as well as the Commander of the Legion of Honor.

Here are a few scores and CD that we have of Elliot Carter’s music:

CD 3910 – Emblems

M25.C373 T95 2009 – Two Thoughts About The Piano: For Piano

M25.C373 N5 1995 – Night Fantasies: For Piano

M557.4 .C4 1993 – Brass Quintet (1974)