composer-elliott-carter-006Composer Elliott Carter passed away yesterday in his home in Greenwich Village, New York City; he was one-hundred and three years old. Trained by the great Nadia Boulanger, Carter became one of the foremost American composers of the twentieth century, and remained prolific until the end.

His works included orchestral, operatic, and solo compositions, as well as chamber music. Carter won two Pullitzer Prizes and was known for his intricate rhythmical and tonal style.

Flute Concerto (2008) for flute and ensemble

Composer's Notes:

For many years flutists have been asking for a flute concerto, yet I kept putting it off because I felt that the flute could not produce the sharp attacks that I use so frequently. But the idea of the beautiful qualities of the different registers of the instrument and the extraordinary agility attracted me more and more, so when Elena Bashkirova asked me write something for her and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, I decided it would be a flute concerto. From mid - September, 2007 to March, 2008 ideas and notes for it fascinated me without relief.

- Elliott Carter, May 2008

Eight Pieces for Four Timpani (1950, 1966)

Carter composed six parts of this collection in 1950 and later added two more in 1966. He composed the collection with the intent that no more than four of the pieces be performed at one time.

(with assistance from Jordan Katz)

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