Elliott Carter, American Icon

November 7th, 2012 by

As many will know by now, American composer Elliott Carter died this week at the age of 103. Carter was actively composing even just this year, and has left a large legacy of music especially for winds including unaccompanied or chamber works featuring clarinet, oboe, English horn, and bassoon (and even saxophone). A fairly comprehensive listing of his compositions is on this Wikipedia page

If you are not familiar with Carter’s works, a great introduction to his early compositions is his Wind Quintet, composed in 1948. Here is one of our favorite ensembles, the Imani Winds, playing a movement from that quintet.

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Trent Jacobs received his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and completed MM and DMA degrees from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the improvisational new music ensemble The Cherry Spoon Collective.

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