Canonic Suite (1945, revised 1981), Elliott Carter

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Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Sep 10 1999
By: 
Herman Trotter

TWO WORLD premieres were featured in Thursday evening's concert by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, The program, "American Variations," was in Slee Hall, VB North Campus; and will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. next Friday in Westminster Presbyterian Church.

There was enough music built on repetitive, orderly devices such as canon, phase shifting and retrograde that the program assumed an almost neo-baroque dominant tone. Read more »

Canonic Suite (1945, revised 1981), Elliott Carter

The Canonic Suite for a quartet of alto saxophones is a revision made in 1981 of the Suite for Quartet of Alto Saxophones. It was awarded a prize in 1945 by Broadcast Music, Inc. and was first published in that year. The Fanfare is a canon in four parts at the unison. The Nocturne is a four-part canon in inversion (saxophone 2), retrograde (saxophone 3), and retrograde inversion (saxophone 4). The Tarantella is a four-part canon at the second above.

Carter, Elliott

1908 —

Carter, Elliott (b. 1908) is a native of New York City. He majored in English literature at Harvard, then decided to be a musician and stayed on for graduate studies in music with Walter Piston. In 1932, Carter went to Paris where he studied for three years with Nadia Boulanger. He settled in New York City in 1936. Throughout his career, Carter has taught frequently at Peabody Conservatory, Columbia University, Queens College, Yale University, and the Juilliard School, but his main activity has been composing.


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Canonic Suite (1945, revised 1981), Elliott Carter

Genre: 
Sax Quartets 1857 - 1977
Composer: 
Carter
Composer First Names: 
Elliott
Composition Date: 
1945
Composed for the ASQ: 
Sound Samples
Movement: 
Fanfare
Movement: 
Nocturne
Movement: 
Tarantella
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