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American composer Elliott Carter dies aged 103

  • American classical composer Elliott Carter has died at the age of 103.

    Carter was known for his challenging and complex pieces and won two Pulitzer Prizes. He was also honored with the U.S. National Medal of Arts.

    While not widely known amongst the general public, he was respected by critics and musicians.

    On Tuesday, his music publisher, Boosey & Hawkes said in a statement: "The great range and diversity of his music has, and will continue to have, influence on countless composers and performers worldwide.”

    Carter composed more than 130 works, including 1942'sSymphony 1and 1944'sHoliday Overture.

    His later works included Dialogues in 2004, which was nominated for the Pulitzer and 2006'sBostonConcerto, nominated for a Grammy for best classical contemporary composition.

    In 1939, he married sculptor Helen H Frost Jones. He is survived by his son and a grandson.