The Music of Elliott Carter / Edition 2

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Arguably the most important American composer of the century, Elliott Carter often has been more highly regarded in Europe than in his native land. Interest in his work has grown rapidly in recent years, however, and the celebration of his ninetieth birthday in December, 1998, accompanied by numerous performances and new recordings, undoubtedly will increase the attention of his fellow citizens to this remarkable figure.Authoritative and gracefully written, The Music of Elliott Carter engages composers, performers, and critics, and speaks to concert-goers, whether attuned to or alarmed by the formidable difficulty of Carter's music. David Schiff views the music from the perspective of the composer's development and relates his compositional techniques to those nonmusical arts—contemporary American poetry in particular—with which Carter has been deeply involved. The volume benefits from Schiff's extensive discussions of Carter's works with their most noted performers, including Heinz Holliger, Oliver Knussen, and Ursula Oppens, and from the generous cooperation of the composer himself.This new edition, a thoroughly reorganized, revised, and updated version of the book published in 1983, accounts for the many new works written by Carter since 1980 and accommodates the burgeoning critical literature on his music. Its features include many musical examples and a selected discography. In addition to the new foreword, the composer has provided his listing of three-to-six note chords and a note on "Voyage."
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Editorial Reviews

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"This new edition effectively replaces the earlier one and is particularly welcome for its inclusion of a wealth of compositions and bibliographic citations from 1981 to 1998. . . . A chronological list of works, an extensive bibliography, and a discography add immeasurably to this volume. Highly recommended for sophisticated music collections."—Library Journal

"Unlike many other composers, Carter has always known exactly how to bring his pieces to an end. David Schiff, in the new edition of his The Music of Elliott Carter, finds the right words for the end of the First String Quartet: 'With the most stunning gesture of all,' he says, 'the first violin completes the motion of the work in solitude, slowing the music to stillness on a celestial high E.'"—John Russell, The New York Review of Books

"Schiff has written this new edition with the kind of renewed freshness and sense of development that Carter's work continues to reflect. . . A wholly different book from the first edition and a valuable new contribution to the critical literature."—Choice. July/August, 1999.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801436123
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,101,673
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Words from the Composer
Preface to the Second Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Reference Abbreviations
Introduction: The International Theme 1
Technical Glossary 34
I Chamber Music
1 String Quartets 53
2 Chamber Music for Wind Instruments 96
3 Chamber Music for Piano and other Mixed Ensembles 106
4 Short Instrumental Works 130
II Vocal Music
5 Choral Works 153
6 Songs with Piano (or Guitar) 161
7 Works for Solo Voices and Instruments 169
III Piano Music 201
IV Orchestral Music
8 Ballets 225
9 Concertos 234
10 Symphonic Works 274
App. A Carter's Listing of Three- to Six-Note Chords: 'Link' Chords 324
App. B Carter's Note on Voyage 328
Chronological Catalogue of Works 330
Selected Bibliography 335
Discography 345
List of Charts 363
Index of Carter's Works 365
General Index 368
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