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Elliott Carter's Late Music

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  • Author: John Link, William Paterson University, New Jersey
  • Date Published: February 2024
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781009490269

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  • The first comprehensive study of the late music of one of the most influential composers of the last half century, this book places Elliott Carter's music from 1995 to 2012 in the broader context of post-war contemporary concert music, including his own earlier work. It addresses Carter's reception history, his aesthetics, and his harmonic and rhythmic practice, and includes detailed essays on all of Carter's major works after 1995. Special emphasis is placed on Carter's settings of contemporary modernist poetry from John Ashbery to Louis Zukofsky. In readable and engaging prose, Elliott Carter's Late Music illuminates a body of late work that stands at the forefront of the composer's achievements.

    • Includes analytical essays on all of Carter's major works from 1995 to his death in 2012
    • Chapters focus on Carter's aesthetics, harmony and rhythm, and reception history
    • Includes numerous musical examples with analysis
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    '… absorbing, frequently demanding but always rewarding reading.' Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone

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    • Date Published: February 2024
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781009490269
    • length: 508 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Context:
    1. Carter's career and reception history
    2. The elements of an aesthetic
    3. Harmony
    4. Rhythm and form
    Part II. A Literary Imagination (Text Settings):
    5. Sense and sensibility- opera
    6. A kind of light -song cycles and other text settings
    Part III. Instrumental Music:
    7. Illusions -music for orchestra
    8. Social aspirations -music for instrumental soloist and ensemble
    9. A free society- music for large chamber ensemble
    10. Social relations- music for small chamber ensemble
    11. Reflections- short instrumental pieces.

  • Author

    John Link, William Paterson University, New Jersey
    Composer and author John Link is Professor of Music at William Paterson University. He is editor of Carter's Harmony Book (with Nicholas Hopkins, 2002) and Elliott Carter Studies (with Marguerite Boland, Cambridge University Press, 2012), and the author of Elliott Carter: A Guide to Research (2000).

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