We are tardy in adding our voice to the vast chorus of congratulations that have greeted Elliott Carter’s attainment of centenarian status. Getting old is not in itself an achievement, but what makes Mr. Carter’s milestone all the more remarkable is that he remains so amazingly productive and healthy in mind and body. He has produced more music in the last decade than most composers do in a lifetime and his work has become deeper, richer and more complex (some would say unlistenable) with the passage of time. We can’t top Willard Scott but we do want to do a respectful shout-out to our man, Elli.
Our friends at NPR have a terrific article with some sound samples.
There an excellent conversation with Carter, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine and Charlie Rose here.
The Library of Congress Music Division has an extensive collection of digitized holograph music manuscripts by Carter.
Stephen Soderberg’s tribute is here.
And, of course, Carter now has his own MySpace page.