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Elliott Carter at 100

By Justin Davidson, Contributor

The composer Elliott Carter has enjoyed such a rare bounty of longevity and esteem that he wrote the music for his own centennial celebrations, and has been enjoying their world premieres. He was born a preposterously long time ago, on Dec. 11, 1908. His mentor was Charles Ives. Calvin Coolidge was in the White House when a teenaged Carter settled on a life in music. His first major work, Pocahontas, might almost be based on… more »