Elliott Carter, RIP

Elliott Carter 1908-2012

An often-overlooked icon of American Contemporary Music has passed:

http://news.yahoo.com/composer-pulitzer-winner-carter-dies-ny-103-020825695.html

Look for a brief flurry of articles about Carter, his music, and his opinions.

Two gems from the article above:

  • Carter said he found Europeans more receptive to his works than his fellow Americans because music in Europe is not purely entertainment but part of the culture, "something that people make an effort to understand."
  • "I don't think it means anything to be popular," he said. "When we see the popular tastes and the popular opinion constantly being manipulated by all sorts of different ways, it seems to me popularity is a meaningless matter."

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