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David Schiff


This book surveys the life and work of the great American composer Elliott Carter (1908–2012). It examines his formative, and often ambivalent, engagements with Charles Ives and other “ultra-modernists”, with the classicist ideas he encountered at Harvard and in his three years of study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris; and with the populism developed by his friends Aaron Copland and Marc Blitzstein in Depression-era New York, and the unique synthesis of modernist idioms that he began to develop in the late 1940s. The book re-groups the central phase of Carter’s career, from the Cello Sonata to S ... More

Keywords: Rhythm, Harmony, Counterpoint, Elliott Carter, Charles Ives, Nadia Boulanger, Walter Piston, Aaron Copland, Arnold Schoenberg, Pierre Boulez

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190259150
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190259150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Schiff, author