In observance of the holiday, we're taking a break from the New Canon virtual listening party this week, but will see you in the chat room next Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!
There's a lot to be thankful for this time of year, from a mega-packed concert schedule (who says classical music is dying?) and a deluge of world premieres to families coming together and the weather turning pleasantly nippy. One of the things we couldn't be more thankful for at Q2 Music HQ, however, is Elliott Carter's 103rd birthday, which falls on December 11th. Carter's music has resonated and defined the last several decades and reflected a constant line from past to present (at 15, he was in the audience for the US premiere of The Rite of Spring—chew on that).
Not only is he still living, he still has premieres to show off (including several at the 92nd Street Y and Alice Tully Hall December 8 and 12). A recent cover story in New York magazine examined a string of centenarian Ashkenazic Jews, spotting something in their genetic makeup that leads to a limitless number of birthday cake candles. But what has kept Carter going? We look at his sonic life story this week, connecting his neoclassicism to his atonalism, and hopefully find some secrets to Carter's musical fountain of youth.