Elliott Carter

  • COMPOSER ELLIOTT CARTER (December 11, 1908 – November 5, 2012) is internationally recognized as one of the most influential American voices in classical music, and a leading figure of modernism in the 20th and 21st centuries. He was hailed as “America’s great musical poet” by Andrew Porter and noted as “one of America’s most distinguished creative artists in any field” by his friend Aaron Copland. Carter’s prolific career spanned over 75 years, with more than 150 pieces, ranging from chamber music to orchestral works to opera, often marked with a sense of wit and humor. He received numerous honors and accolades, including the Pulitzer Prize on two occasions: in 1960 for his String Quartet No. 2 and in 1973 for his String Quartet No. 3. Other awards include Germany’s Ernst Von Siemens Music Prize and the Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award. Carter was the first composer to receive the United States National Medal of Arts, and is one of a handful of composers inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. He was recognized twice by the Government of France: being named Commander of the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres,” and receiving the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor in September 2012.

    Born in New York City, Elliott Carter was encouraged towards a career in classical music by his friend and mentor Charles Ives. He studied under composers Walter Piston and Gustav Holst while attending Harvard University, and later traveled to Paris, studying with Nadia Boulanger. Following his studies in France, he returned to New York and devoted his time to composing and teaching, holding posts over the years at St. John’s College, the Peabody Conservatory, Yale University, Cornell University, and The Juilliard School, among others.


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Ensemble and Chamber
    144-40005A Pastoral
    For English Horn and Piano
    144-40005A 12:00 English Horn with Piano
    144-40005B Pastoral
    For Viola and Piano
    144-40005B 12:00 Viola with Piano
    144-40005C Pastoral
    For Clarinet In A and Piano
    144-40005C 12:00 Clarinet with Piano
    144-40005D Pastoral
    For Eb Alto Saxophone and Piano
    144-40005D 12:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
    12677 Pastoral
    for English Horn, String Orchestra and Percussion
    12677 12:00 E.H., Str., Perc.
    446-41295 Pastoral
    For English Horn, String Orchestra, and Percussion
    446-41295 12:00 String Orchestra
    Choral
    342-40064 The Defense Of Corinth
    For Speaker, Chorus Of Men’s Voices, and Piano 4 Hands
    342-40064 Men’s Chorus
    12676 Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
    for Chorus and Strings
    12676 3:00 SSATB, opt. Strings
    352-00119 Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
    Madrigal for Five Mixed Voices – SSATB (A Cappella Or With Strings)
    352-00119 SATB
    352-00120 Emblems
    For Chorus Of Men’s Voices and Piano
    352-00120 Men’s Chorus
    Piano
    450-00234 Piano Sonata (1945-46)
    Revised 1982
    450-00234 20:00 Piano Unaccompanied

  • 1945: First prize in the Independent Music Publishers Contest (Holiday Overture)
    1945: BMI Publication Prize (Canonic Suite for four alto saxophones)
    1945: Guggenheim Fellowship
    1950: Guggenheim Fellowship
    1953: Prix de Rome
    1956: Walter W. Naumburg Musical Foundation Award (Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello, and Harpsichord)
    1956: Elected to membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters
    1960: Pulitzer Prize for Music (String Quartet No. 2)
    1960: New York Music Critics’ Circle Award (String Quartet No. 2)
    1961: New York Music Critics’ Circle Award (String Quartet No. 2)
    1961: Sibelius Medal for Music
    1962: Elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters
    1963: Composer-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome.
    1963: Elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    1969: Premio delle Muse, “Polimnia,” awarded by the Associazione Artistico Letteraria Internationale, Florence, Italy
    1970: Elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters
    1970: Elected honorary member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin
    1971: Gold Medal for Eminence in Music from the National Institute of Arts and Letters
    1971: Elected member of the National Institute of Arts and Sciences
    1973: Pulitzer Prize for Music (String Quartet No. 3)
    1978: Handel Medallion, New York City’s highest cultural award
    1979: Composer-in-residence, American Academy in Rome
    1981: First American composer to be awarded the Ernst-von-Siemens Prize, Munich
    1983: Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement in music
    1984: George Peabody Medal
    1985: National Medal of Arts
    1987: Awarded rank of Commandeur dans l
    1991: Awarded rank of Commendatore in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy
    1992: National Music Council’s American Eagle Award
    1993: Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Composition (Violin Concerto)
    1996: Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal
    1997: Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award
    1997: International Society for the Performing Arts Tiffany Award
    1998: Lauréat du Prix de Composition Musicale 1998 (Allegro scorrevole)
    1998: Award for Musical Composition of the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation (Allegro scorrevole)
    1998: Inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame
    2012: Awarded rank of Commander of the Legion of Honor from the French Government

  • Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
    for Chorus and Strings

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