Elliott Carter's death at 103 a reminder of brilliant music Baltimore has been missing
If great artists are appreciated more after they're gone, perhaps brilliant composer Elliott Carter will soon get the wider recognition he deserves.
He died Monday in New York at the age of 103, leaving behind one of the most challenging -- and rewarding -- bodies of musical work of the past century.
In his home city, and a few other major arts capitals, Carter has long been honored for his keen intellect and ability to fashion scores of rich structural cohesion and absorbing inner detail. In places like Baltimore, not so much.
Carter's complexities scare too many audiences (and a lot of musicians, I imagine). It's so much easier on everybody -- especially box offices and public relations departments -- if he is kept off of programs.
At Peabody Conservatory, UMBC or a few other adventurous spots around this area, Carter does get occasional attention, I hasten to add. But at, say, the Baltimore Symphony? LOL.
I already got on my high horse about all of this a few years ago, so, instead of repeating myself, here's my 2009 post, complete with video clips, about the music we have been missing here.
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