Sad news from America

Terribly sad news from the United States: the great composer Elliott Carter is no more.

Carter displayed the compositional edge of his mentor Nadia Boulanger, but unlike the latter could write a decent tune, in stark contrast to the then fashionable fixation with post-neoclassical atonal wibbling. He also had an ear for what was going on around him. Carter was heavily influenced by European music, but he remained at heart an American composer.

RIP Elliott Cook Carter Jr (1908–2012)