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Composer Elliott Carter dies in NY at age 103


NEW YORK (AP) -- Classical composer and Pulitzer Prize winner Elliott Carter has died in New York City at age 103.

Music publishing company Boosey and Hawkes says Carter died Monday. It hasn't given a cause of death.

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Carter's challenging, rhythmically complex works earned him widespread admiration and two Pulitzer Prizes. His work had different instruments interacting in complex ways, which made it dramatic for listeners to hear but complicated for orchestras to learn.

He won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1960 for his Second String Quartet. His second award was in 1973 for his Third String Quartet.

He is survived by his son and grandson.

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Nov 6, 2012 12:28AM
Just because a very old person dies doesn't mean it was because they were old. I once read of a 100 year old man who died. Very sad ... he was hit by a car when he was crossing a street. A fall inside the house, subsequent hospitalization for broken hip, then hospital-acquired pneumonia...this can do in an old person who otherwise had healthy arteries and lungs. Enough of the dumb comments when a story says cause of death not known.
Nov 5, 2012 11:35PM
Elliot Carter a visionary, and not nearly recognized as he deserves. RIP
Nov 5, 2012 9:57PM
When Norman Rockwell died, his wife was asked "What was the cause of death"? She answered,
 "He died from being 84"!!!
Just thinking.. said no cause of death was given. At 103 did he need a reason? At 103 shouldn't you just be allowed to decide it's time to go?
Nov 5, 2012 7:54PM
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