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A Life in Music: Elliott Carter

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 116 min
Event Type: Documentary Program Origin: KPFA

This program provides an overview of Elliott Carter's compositions from 1942 to 1978. It includes excerpts from several of his works, including the “Symphony No. 1” (1942), “Piano Sonata” (1945-6), “Cello Sonata” (1948), and “Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano” (1961). Importantly, the program also includes recordings of complete performances of the “Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and Harpsichord” (1952) with an informative analysis by David Schiff (Carter's biographer). In addition, the “String Quartet No. 2” (1959), “Symphony of Three Orchestras”, and “Syringa for Mezzo Soprano, Baritone and Chamber Orchestra” are presented. Elliott Carter and David Schiff are interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian. This program was produced, written, edited and hosted by Steve Robinson.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Symphony No. 1 [excerpt] (1942) -- Piano Sonata [excerpt] (1945-6) -- Sonata, for violoncello and piano [excerpts] (1948) -- Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and Harpsichord (1952) -- String Quartet No. 2 [first two movements] (1959)
Performers:  American Composers Orchestra (Symphony)
Paul Dunkel, conductor (Symphony)
Paul Jacobs, piano (all Sonatas)
Joel Krosnick, violoncello (Cello Sonata)
Harvey Sollberger, flute (Sonata for flute...)
Charles Kuskin, oboe (Sonata for flute...)
Fred Sherry, violoncello (Sonata for flute...)
Juilliard Quartet (String Quartet)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  Carter, Elliott, 1908-; 20th century classical; Chamber music; Symphonies; Orchestral music; Sonatas (Piano); Sonatas (Cello and piano); Quartets (Harpsichord, flute, oboe, cello); String quartets
People:  Robinson, Steve; Schiff, David; Carter, Elliott, 1908-; Dunkel, Paul; Jacobs, Paul, 1930-1983; Krosnick, Joel; Sollberger, Harvey; Kuskin, Charles; Sherry, Fred; Amirkhanian, Charles
First Broadcast Date:  12/8/1983
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  String Quartet No. 2 [last two movements] (1959) -- Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano [excerpt] (1961) -- Symphony of Three Orchestras (1976) -- Syringa for Mezzo Soprano, Baritone and Chamber Orchestra [texts by John Ashbery & Aeschylus, et al.] (1978)
Performers:  Juilliard Quartet (String Quartet)
Paul Jacobs, harpsichord (Concerto)
Charles Rosen, piano (Concerto)
English Chamber Orchestra (Concerto)
Frederick Prausnitz, conductor (Concerto)
New York Philharmonic (Symphony)
Pierre Boulez, conductor (Symphony)
Jan De Gaetani, mezzo-soprano (Syringa)
Thomas Paul, bass (Syringa)
Members of Speculum Musicae (Syringa)
Group for Contemporary Music (Syringa)
Harvey Sollberger, conductor (Syringa)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
Subject:  Carter, Elliott, 1908-; Chamber music; 20th century classical; String quartets; Concertos (Harpsichord and piano); Symphonies ; Orchestral music; Vocal duets with instrumental ensemble
People:  Robinson, Steve ; Schiff, David; Carter, Elliott, 1908-; Jacobs, Paul, 1930-1983; Rosen, Charles, 1927-; Prausnitz, Frederik; Boulez, Pierre, 1925-; Ashbery, John, 1927; Aeschylus; De Gaetani, Jan; Paul, Thomas, 1934-; Sollberger, Harvey; Amirkhanian, Charles
First Broadcast Date:  12/8/1983
 
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