|Contemporary composer Carter dies at 103
Avant-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.
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, AFP reports.
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 and later studied under Walter Piston at Harvard University and Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
Carter won numerous awards, including Pulitzer Prizes for String Quartet No. 2 (1960) and String Quartet No. 3 (1973) as well as Germany's Ernst Von Siemens Music Prize and the Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award.
He was also the first composer to receive the US National Medal of Arts, in 1985.
In France, where he worked between 1932 and 1935 at the Normal School of Music in Paris, he was made Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters.
Between 1950 and 1995 Carter wrote five string quartets, the classical form of music par excellence, which he radically reinterpreted with a rhythmic complexity that was his trademark.
Carter celebrated his 100th birthday at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2008, where a new work of his was played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
“The great range and diversity of his music has, and will continue to have, influence on countless composers and performers worldwide,’’ music publisher Boosey & Hawkes said in a statement announcing his death.
The publisher said Carter is survived by son David and grandson Alexander.