Ursula Oppens

  • Rhythm chart for Elliott Carter’s Double Concerto for Harpsichord, Piano, and Two Orchestras, 1959–61.

    Elliott Carter

    IN THE SUMMER OF 1961, at the Aspen Music Festival, the Juilliard String Quartet not only performed Elliott Carter’s Second String Quartet but gave a lecture demonstration on it. I was an eager student making the most of that brief interlude between high school and college, and both the music itself, heard in an intuitive jumble, and also the organization of it—each instrument expressing its own personality by means of unique intervals and tempi—made an indelible impression on me. It was not until 1966 that I actually met Mr. Carter and his wife, Helen, and it was in the early 1970s