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Elliott Carter Quotes & Quotations
Elliott Carter
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    Aaron Copland was a man that had a very specific point of view about what music should be which was that, he felt that new music should have the composer should show a personality in his music. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    Almost every one of my various zero numbered birthdays has had a big concert in London and often in Paris. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    I've known those pieces ever since I was about 16 or 17; I also at that time was taken to meet Charles Ives whom I got to know fairly well. He was the one who wrote a recommendation for me to get into college. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    In any case, Ives encouraged me to go into music even though he himself had such a hard time being a composer. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    Silences between movements are employed only in order to bring the opposing duo to the fore. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    Since I'm allergic to various things, the army wouldn't accept me during the war, and I got into the Office of War Information, which sent music to Europe. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    Talking about a materialistic thing, I get about 13 times more royalties from Europe than I do from America. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    That was one of the big problems when I was at Harvard studying music. We had to write choral pieces in the style of Brahms or Mendelssohn, which was distressing because in the end you realized how good Brahms is, and how bad you are. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    The idea of counterpoint for instance is something that has invaded my music and very few people to date can write counterpoint. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    The Quartets have been a major part of my work. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    The Royal Festival Hall, I don't know whether it was 80 or 70, gave a whole festival of my music there with orchestra and everything. String quartets. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    The Third Quartet I made the instruments in pairs - Two different pairs - Violin and viola, and violin and cello. They played very different things from each other all through the whole piece. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    Then, when the Depression came, all of this changed completely. Since that time, the entire public is of a very different sort and there was not so much support for contemporary music in a direct way. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    These wealthy people were very interested in contemporary music. They wanted to help diffuse it and get it to be known to other people. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    Well I tried to, but I could never write anything that I liked or was worthwhile. I threw it all out and realized that I had to make a serious study- that my tastes were far more advanced than my abilities. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    Well when I was young, when I was very young, when I was a little boy I don't remember the music I heard, but there was an article in the Brooklyn Daily written by my Aunt about how I could choose phonograph records. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    Why write for the orchestra? For one thing it's a very challenging problem. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter
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    Yes, I get a report from BMI about the frequency of performances, and it is very surprising. They played one of my most advanced pieces, and one of my most unusual ones on the radio. Elliott-CarterElliott Carter