ELLIOTT CARTER [1908 – 2012] : ELEGY FOR STRING ORCHESTRA

Ο Αμερικανός μοντερνιστής Elliott Carter υπήρξε ένας ακούραστα δημιουργικός συνθέτης, από τους σημαντικότερους του 20 και των αρχών του 21ου αι.
Σταδιακά ανέπτυξε ένα αυστηρά προσωπικό στιλ, απομακρυνόμενος από επιρροές όπως των Stravinsky, Hindemith, Ives, Copeland. Άνθρωπος ασυνήθιστης ενεργητικότητας ο
Elliott Carter θα γινόταν ολοένα και πιο παραγωγικός στα τελευταία χρόνια της ζωής του. Ολοκλήρωσε το τελευταίο έργο το 2012, τρεις μήνες πριν από το θάνατό του σε ηλικία 104 χρόνων.
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Ελεγεία για Ορχήστρα Εγχόρδων που ακούμε είναι σύνθεση των early ’50s και από τις σχετικά “βατές” του.

American modernist
Elliott Carter was a relentlessly creative composer, one of the most important of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century. He gradually developed a strictly personal style, moving from his initial influences [Stravinsky, Hindemith, Ives, Copeland]. A man of unusual endurance, Elliott Carter would become increasingly productive in the last years of his life. He completed his last work in 2012, three months before his death at 104.
We hear Elegy for String Orchestra, an early ’50s composition, and one of its relatively “fordable”.

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  1. Sue Dreamwalker May 19, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Wow, 104 years of age…
    I’m not surprised he lived so long, given the love one feels while listening to his musical composition here..
    Inner and outer… vibrations..
    Just beautiful.
    Thank you for the share Oannes. 😊

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  2. trentpmcd May 19, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    The Boston Symphony loved Elliott Carter and I saw several premiers of his works. After one, my wife mentioned how soothing the music was. I asked, “Even the Elliott Carter?” Her answer was, “That’s a great name!” So the dog we adopted a month later was named Elliot Carter (just one “t” in Elliot). Some name their dogs for goddesses, I name mine for famous composers 😉
    Oh yes, the music for the concert was one of his super complex works, not quite as soothing as the one here…

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    1. Oannes May 19, 2022 at 5:02 pm

      You’re surely lucky to have watched all these premiers! I got into EC fairly early, the same way I got into Boulez, Penderecki & Varese, : through Zappa’s interviews.
      Elliot (Carter) is a great name for a dog.
      If I was to name a dog after a composer I ‘d call him …”Brahms”. Or “Handel”. Better than “Beethoven” now that I think of it… 😊

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      1. trentpmcd May 19, 2022 at 8:28 pm

        I think I only saw three EC premiers and handful of other composers (it has been a few years!). Still cool. Varese is the main one I got through Zappa – I did not go into a deep dive into Zappa’s music until after I did my “classical” studies, though I knew his music well enough to get Varese…
        There once was a time when naming a dog “Beethoven” would have worked, but it is too late now…

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