RIP Elliott Carter

The New York Times reports that Elliott Carter passed away yesterday.


My favorite part of the article:

“As a young man, I harbored the populist idea of writing for the public,” he once explained to an interviewer who asked him why he had chosen to write such difficult music. “I learned that the public didn’t care. So I decided to write for myself. Since then, people have gotten interested.”

I’ve always considered myself a spiritual disciple of Ives, and Carter was a literal disciple of Ives.  Though I didn’t always like or love your music, I always respected it.  Gimme a little time, I guess.