A Multifaceted Elliott Carter Marathon

Streaming 24 Hours on Tuesday, November 13 on Q2 Music

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, one of the single most influential, creative, surprising and unique voices in classical music was silenced. Elliott Carter, prolific as ever at age 103 passed away peacefully in his Greenwich Village home. His impact on the landscape of American Music cannot be overstated — I am completely awed and inspired by him. 

In celebration of his profound legacy, we are devoting a full day of programming on Q2 Music on Tuesday, Nov. 13 to his life and music.

Hear tributes from devoted colleagues, including clarinetist and personal assistant Virgil Blackwell, cellist Fred Sherry, clarinetist Charles Neidich and former Juilliard String Quartet members Sam Rhodes and Joel Smirnoff; listener testimonials; introductions to many of his key works from the composer himself; and a special stream at 8 pm, ET of the 2008 world premiere from the Juilliard School of his Clarinet Quintet featuring Mr. Neidich and the Juilliard String Quartet.

Hosted segments include:

  • Carter at 100 with Terrance McKnight and Nadia Sirota (8 am - 10 am, 6 pm - 8 pm)
  • Hammered! with pianist-composer Jed Distler (10 am)
  • Composer Suzanne Farrin (11 am - 1 pm) 
  • Nadia Sirota (1 pm - 6 pm)

Mr. Carter lived his life so fully and beautifully. He will be missed and revered.

Please leave your thoughts on Carter's life and legacy below

Hosted by:

Jed Distler and Suzanne Farrin


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Comments [1]

Jae Alexander from San Diego, CA

I regard Elliott Carter as one of two, along with Milton Babbitt, of the most important "traditional" American composers of the latter half of the 20th century. (John Cage wasn't "traditional"). Carter's largely unmarked passing impresses me with how impoverished our culture has become. America calling...sorry, but 6 billion "numb"ers have been disconnected. The answer is not commercialization but radicalization (just as the Viennese were radicalized - not once, but twice). Let us go forth, armed with the vision of Elliott Carter, and all our genetic forebears, to thoroughly radicalize the American Zeitgeist!!

Nov. 12 2012 05:02 PM

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