Elliott Carter Quotes on music

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... view

By: Elliott Carter

My entire life has really revolved around music that was written about the time that I was born, 1908, to just before the First World War and shortly after it. This music I've always known, and it is that music that's most important to me... view

By: Elliott Carter

It was only later on that I became more interested in older music... view

By: Elliott Carter

In any case, Ives encouraged me to go into music even though he himself had such a hard time being a composer... view

By: Elliott Carter

I mean the public likes it more in Europe than they do here because the state supported organizations have felt that playing contemporary music was part of the education of the public... view

By: Elliott Carter

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... view

By: Elliott Carter

These wealthy people were very interested in contemporary music. They wanted to help diffuse it and get it to be known to other people... view

By: Elliott Carter

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... view

By: Elliott Carter

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... view

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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... view

By: Elliott Carter