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Elliott Carter : a guide to research
Link, John F.
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Publication Information:
New York : Garland Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
xiv, 331 pages ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
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ML134.C19 L56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is a comprehensive guide to research on the American composer Elliott Carter (b. 1908), widely acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. It contains a chronology, complete list of works, detailed discography, and fully annotated bibliography of over 1,000 books, articles, interviews, video recordings, and Carter's own writings. This essential reference book covers the most significant works in English, French, German, and Italian, from the 1940s-when Carter's music first began to attract attention-to the 1990s.

Author Notes

John F. Linkis Asst. Professor of Music at William Paterson University (NJ), and director of the school's Center for Electroacoustic Music. He is also a published composer, performer, and musicologist. He lives in New York City.

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Ninety-two and still composing, Carter is one of North America's most prolific senior composers. Link's exhaustive compilation will be a significant addition to the library of any serious student of 20th-century music. An illuminating chronology of compositions, including early and student works not published (either destroyed or lost), gives more complete insight into the composer's early development and makes more evident the lifelong influence of literary works on Carter the musician than do the published works. Also cited in a helpful annotated bibliography are Carter's many extramusical writings, in particular those that illustrate the influence of fellow composer Charles Ives. The remaining sections contain a complete discography, a list of doctoral dissertations about Carter, and a chronology of Carter's life. Link's guide is remarkably complete--unless, of course, Carter lives another ten years and continues his remarkable creative output. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. M. Neil; Augustana College (IL)

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
An Elliott Carter Chronologyp. 1
Abbreviationsp. 9
Elliott Carter's Compositionsp. 13
I. Works Presumed Lost or Destroyedp. 13
II. Juvenilia and Unpublished Works in Manuscriptp. 16
III. Published Worksp. 20
Discography of Commercial Recordings of Elliott Carter's Compositionsp. 65
Annotated Bibliography of Carter Studiesp. 161
I. Sources Written by Elliott Carterp. 161
Collectionsp. 161
Other Sourcesp. 162
II. Interviews and Panel Discussions with Elliott Carter as a Participantp. 215
Collectionsp. 215
Panel Discussionsp. 215
Interviewsp. 217
III. Sources on Elliott Carter and His Music by Other Authorsp. 225
Bibliographies and Discographiesp. 225
Books and Articlesp. 227
Films and Video Recordingsp. 286
Doctoral Dissertationsp. 288
Related Writings about Musicp. 294
Appendix 1 A Chronology of Elliott Carter's Compositionsp. 299
Appendix 2 A Note about Primary Sourcesp. 305
Indexp. 307