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GRAMMY-winning composer Elliott Carter died Nov. 5 of natural causes. He was 103. Considered one of the most significant post-World War II American composers, Carter attended Harvard University where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in music. He is widely known for developing his notion of "metric modulation," a composition style in which one tempo leads gradually to another through changing note values. Throughout his career he created a number of quartets, symphonic works, concertos, and chamber and solo pieces. Carter earned five GRAMMY nominations, including a win in 1993 for Best Contemporary Composition for Carter: Violin Concerto. His last GRAMMY nomination came in 2006 for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for Boston Concerto. In 1998 at age 90 he created his first opera, What Next? In 2009 he was honored with a Recording Academy Trustees Award. Additional honors Carter has received include two Pulitzer Prizes, the Sibelius Medal and the National Medal of the Arts.
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