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Elliott Carter Studies


  • 10 b/w illus. 7 tables 147 music examples
  • Page extent: 364 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.75 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 780.92
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: ML410.C3293 E68 2012
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Carter, Elliott,--1908-2012--Criticism and interpretation

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521113625)

Over the course of an astonishingly long career, Elliott Carter has engaged with many musical developments of the twentieth and now twenty-first centuries - from his early neo-classic music of the interwar period, to his modernist works of conflict and opposition in the 1960s and 1970s, to the reshaping of a modernist aesthetic in his latest compositions. Elliott Carter Studies throws new light on these many facets of Carter's extensive musical oeuvre. This collection of essays presents historic, philosophic, philological and theoretical points of departure for in-depth investigations of individual compositions, stylistic periods in Carter's output and his contributions to a variety of genres, including vocal music, the string quartet and the concerto. The first multi-authored book to appear on Carter's music, it brings together research from a distinguished team of leading international Carter scholars, providing the reader with a wide range of perspectives on an extraordinary musical life.

• The first multi-authored book to appear on Carter's music, presenting a wide range of perspectives and approaches for the reader • Provides an historical as well as analytical treatment of Carter's repertoire, resulting in cross-disciplinary appeal • The contributors are leading Carter scholars, representing countries including the UK, USA, Australia, France and Germany, and so this will appeal to an international readership


Preface Marguerite Boland and John Link; Part I. Overview: Music Early and Late: 1. The true significance of Elliott Carter's early works Jonathan Bernard; 2. Elliott Carter's late music John Link; Part II. Analysis and Aesthetics: 3. The search for order: Carter's late-modern thematicism Arnold Whittall; 4. Ritornello form in Carter's Boston and ASKO concertos Marguerite Boland; 5. 'The matter of human cooperation' in Carter's mature style John Roeder; 6. Time management: rhythm as a formal determinant in certain works of Elliott Carter Andrew Mead; 7. 'I try to write music that will appeal to an intelligent listener's ear': on Elliott Carter's string quartets Dörte Schmidt; 8. Composition with intervals: melodic invention in Elliott Carter's recent concertos Stephen Heinemann; Part III. Sketch Studies: 9. Left by the wayside: Elliott Carter's unfinished sonatina for oboe and harpsichord Felix Meyer; 10. At the edge of creation: Elliott Carter's sketches in the Library of Congress Stephen Soderberg; Part IV. Music and Text: 11. Three Illusions … and maybe a fourth: a hermeneutic approach to Carter's music Max Noubel; 12. Layers of meaning: expression and design in Carter's songs Brenda Ravenscroft; 13. 'It's as if our voices made no sound': irony in episodes 10-15 of What Next? Guy Capuzzo; 14. Words and music in The Defense of Corinth Annette van Dyck-Hemming; Bibliography.


'… this is a most valuable addition to the growing body of Elliott Carter literature. The fourteen chapters present a broad range of topics and approaches to this music, and address pieces throughout his career … a few of the essays, particularly those by Heinemann, Ravenscroft, and Schmidt should become essential reading for musicians undertaking their initial forays into Carter's unique approach to composition. Finally, the book is well edited, and the musical examples are beautifully engraved.' Notes


Marguerite Boland, John Link, Jonathan Bernard, Arnold Whittall, John Roeder, Andrew Mead, Dörte Schmidt, Stephen Heinemann, Felix Meyer, Stephen Soderberg, Max Noubel, Brenda Ravenscroft, Guy Capuzzo, Annette van Dyck-Hemming

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