“His legacy is both a gift and a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. His are artworks that make no attempt to seduce or dumb themselves down for the listener. They were created during the same eight-decade period that saw American culture grow increasingly crass and overbearing. He composed knowing that his audience would likely be a small but sophisticated one, and he knew that his listeners would come to him, rather than the other way around. For this trait of pure Yankee stubbornness we owe him our deepest gratitude.”— Composer John Adams’s tribute to the late Elliott Carter at elliottcarter.com
, where there are 79 (and counting) Carter tributes
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