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CARTER, Elliott
b New York, 11 December 1908

He was educated at Harvard from 1926 to 1932, and then from 1932 to 1935 he studied in Paris at the Ecole Normale de Musique and with Boulanger. On returning to the USA he became musical director of the Ballet Caravan until 1940; until 1942 he was on the teaching staff of St John's College, Annapolis. From 1943 to 1944 he worked as a consultant in the Office of War Information, and in 1945 won a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was professor of composition at the Peabody Conservatory from 1946 to 1948, and at Columbia University until 1950. He then retired to the seclusion of Arizona to compose. In 1955/6 he was professor of composition at Queens College, New York; in 1958 he taught at the Salzburg Seminars; and from 1960 to 1962 was professor of composition at Yale. In 1963 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was appointed composer-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome, taking a similar appointment in Berlin in 1964. In 1972 he was appointed to teach composition at the Juillard School. He holds many honorary doctorates.

1934 (25)

Flute Sonata (withdrawn)

Tom and Lily, oratorio (incomplete)

1936 (27)

Incidental Music to Sophocles (unpublished)

Mostellaria, for tenor, baritone, male chorus and chamber orchestra (unpublished)

Pocahontas, ballet

1937 (28)

The Ball Room Guide, for orchestra

English Horn Concerto (incomplete)

The Bridge, oratorio (incomplete)

Let's Go Gay, for female voices and two pianos (unpublished)

Harvest horn e, for unaccompanied voices (unpublished)

To Music, for unaccompanied voices (unpublished)

1938 (29)

Prelude, Fanfare and Polka for small orchestra (unpublished)

Heart not so Heavy as Mine, for unaccompanied voices (unpublished)

Musical Studies (withdrawn)

Tell Me, Where is Fancy Bred? for alto and guitar

1939 (30)

Canonic Suite for four saxophones

1940 (31)

Pastorale for cor anglais, horn, viola, cello and piano

1942 (33)

Symphony No 1 (revised 1954)

The Defense of Corinth, for speaker, male voices and piano

1943 (34)

Three Poems of Robert Frost, for voice and piano

Warble for Lilac Time, for voice and piano or small orchestra

Voyage, for mezzo or baritone and piano

1944 (35)

Holiday Overture (revised 1961)

The Harmony of Morning, for female voices and small orchestra

1945 (36)

Musicians Wrestle Everywhere, for voices and strings

1945-6 (36-7)

Piano Sonata

1947 (38)

The Minotaur, ballet

Emblems, for male voices and piano 1

948 (39)

Wind Quintet

Sonata for cello and piano 1

950 (41)

Eight Etudes and a Fantasy for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon

1950-1 (41-2)

String Quartet No 1

1950-6 (41-7)

Eight Pieces for four timpani (one player)

1952 (43)

Sonata for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord

Elegy for strings

1954 (45)

Symphony No 1, Revised version

1954-5 (45-6)

Variations for orchestra

1959 (50)

String Quartet No 2

1961 (52)

Double concerto for harpsichord and piano

Holiday Overture, Revised version

1964-5 (55-6)

Piano Concerto

1969 (60)

Concerto for orchestra

1971 (62)

String Quartet No 3

Canon for Three

1973-4 (64-5)

Duo for violin and piano 1

974 (65)

Brass Quintet

Fantasy on Purcell's Fantasy on One Note, for brass quintet

1975 (66)

A Mirror on Which to Dwell, for soprano and ensemble

1976-7 (67-8)

A Symphony of Three Orchestras

1978 (69)

Syringa, for mezzo or baritone and eleven instruments

1981 (72)

In Sleep, In Thunder, for tenor and fourteen instruments

1983 (74)

Triple Duo

Changes, for guitar

1984 (75)

Canon For 4, 'Homage to William', for flute, bass clarinet, violin and cello

Riconoscenza, for solo violin

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