Composer Carter dead at 103
NEW YOR K - Agence France-PresseAvant-garde composer Elliott Carter, who won the Pulitzer Prize twice in a career spanning nearly eight decades, has died in New York at the age of 103, a music publisher said on Nov 6.
Carter had composed 158 works, from early pieces like Symphony No. 1 (1942) and Holiday Overture (1944) to this year’s Dialogues II, which premiered last month in Italy, and Instances, which is set to debut in February.
Carter was described by the great 20th century American composer Aaron Copland as one of the most eminent artists in all domains of creation.
His double concerto for harpsichord, piano and two chamber orchestras in 1961 and his piano concerto in 1967 were described as “masterpieces” by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.
Born in New York City on December 11, 1908, Carter first pursued classical music under friend and mentor Charles Ives.