LAGOS, NIGERIA. Pulitzer Prize winning composer of classical music, Mr. Elliott Carter, whose works earned him widespread admiration and two Pulitzer Prizes, died in New York City on Monday. He was 103 years. His recording company, Boosey & Hawkes referred to him as an iconic American composer. In 2002, The New York Times said his string quartets were among “the most difficult music ever conceived.
The complex way his musical instruments interact in his compositions is said to have created drama for listeners who made efforts to understand them and the same time difficult for orchestras to learn. In an interview in 1992, the deceased said he tried to give each of the musicians in his group individuality within the context of a comprehensible whole.Carter was very active in December 2008, when he celebrated his 100th birthday with a gala at Carnegie Hall, New York. He won the Pulitzer prizes in 1960 and 1973. He got married to Helen Frost Jones in 1939. He is survived by his son and a grandson.