Elliott Carter’s Flute Music


carter Elliott Carter and Robert Aitken in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, France during the week of the world première of Scrivo in vento (July 20, 1991).

List of Works

(in chronological order)
title instrumentation year publisher
Woodwind Quintet flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon 1948 AMP
Eight Etudes and a Fantasy flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon 1949 AMP
Sonata flute, oboe, cello, harpsichord 1952 AMP
Canon for 3 three equal instrumental voices 1971 AMP
Triple Duo flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion 1982 B&H
Esprit rude/esprit doux flute, clarinet 1984 B&H
Canon for 4 flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello 1984 B&H
Enchanted Preludes flute, cello 1988 B&H
Scrivo in vento (recorded by Leonard Garrison on Looking Back) solo flute 1991 B&H
Esprit rude/esprit doux II flute, clarinet, marimba 1995 B&H
Flute Concerto flute and full orchestra 2008 B&H
Nine by Five flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon 2009 B&H
Trije glasbeniki flute, bass clarinet, and harp 2011 B&H


[AMP=Associated Music Publishers; B&H=Boosey & Hawkes]



[note: the best introduction to Carter’s works is Schiff’s book.]

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Boosey & Hawkes: click on “Composers”

Classical Net – Carter

Bernard, Jonathan W. “The Evolution of Elliott Carter’s Rhythmic Practice,” Perspectives of New Music 26/2 (Summer 1988): 164-203.

________. “An Interview with Elliott Carter.” Perspectives of New Music 28/2 (Summer 1990): 180-214.

________. “Spatial Sets in Recent Music of Elliott Carter,” Music Analysis 2/1 (1983): 5-34.

Boretz, Benjamin. “Conversation with Elliott Carter,” Perspectives of New Music 8/2 (Spring-Summer 1970): 1-22.

Carter, Elliott. The Writings of Elliott Carter: An American Composer Looks at Modern Music. Compiled, edited, and annotated by Else Stone and Kurt Stone. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1977.

Derby, Richard, “Carter’s Duo for Violin and Piano,” Perspectives of New Music 20 (1981-82): 149-68.

Dufallo, Richard. “Elliott Carter” (interview). In Trackings. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1989, 269-85.

Edwards, Allen. Flawed Words and Stubborn Sounds: A Conversation with Elliott Carter. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1971.

Garrison, Leonard. “Elliott Carter’s Scrivo in vento,” The Flutist Quarterly XIX/4 (Summer 1994): 86-92, andXX/1 (Fall 1994): 75-80.

________. “Three Late Works by Elliott Carter: An Analysis and Flutist’s Performance Guide.” D.M. Document, Northwestern University, 1993.

Glock, William. Notes in Advance. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Harvey, David I.H. The Later Music of Elliott Carter. New York: Garland, 1989.

Mead, Andrew W. “Pitch Structure in Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 3,” Perspectives of New Music 22 (1983-84): 31-60.

Northcott, Bayan. “Elliott Carter,” in The New Grove Twentieth-Century American Masters. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1988.

________. “Elliott Carter at 80,” The Musical Times 129 (December 1988): 644-47.

Porter, Andrew. “Thought-Executing Fires.” The New Yorker, 9 May 1983, 114.

________. “Riches in a Little Room.” The New Yorker, 24 December 1984, 62-64.

________. “Preludes to Felicity,” The New Yorker, 13 June 1988, 92-93.

________. “Music-Makers,” The New Yorker, 11 November 1991, 78-82.

Rosen, Charles. The Musical Languages of Elliott Carter. Washington: Music Division, Research Services, Library of Congress, 1984.

Schiff, David. “Carter’s New Classicism,” College Music Symposium 129 (1989): 115-22.

________. “Elliott Carter’s Harvest Home,” Tempo 167 (December 1988): 3-13.

________. The Music of Elliott Carter. 2nd Ed. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1998.

Spencer, Patricia. “Regarding Scrivo in vento: A Conversation with Elliott Carter,” The Flutist Quarterly XXXIII/4 (Summer 2008): 18-27.