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Melodies are Everywhere in Elliott Carter's Music

The experimental composer, who just celebrated his 80th birthday, has largely abandoned conventional technique in his recent work. But after listening back to some of Carter's earlier songs, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says he can hear traces of melody in his more difficult pieces.

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Other segments from the episode on December 14, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 14, 1988: Interview with William Kittredge; Review of reissued recordings of Elliott Carter's music; Interview with Ron Goulart; Review of Barry Fleming's novel …

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