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Elliott Carter

Publisher: AMP

Night Fantasies (1980)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
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Year Composed
24 Minutes

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Elliott Carter Night Fantasies (1980)
Night Fantasies is a piano piece of continuously changing moods, suggesting the fleeting thoughts and feelings that pass through the mind during a period of wakefulness at night. The quiet, nocturnal evocation with which it begins and to which it returns occasionally, is suddenly broken by a flighty series of short phrases that emerge and disappear. This episode is followed by many others of contrasting characters and lengths that sometimes break in abruptly and at other, develop smoothly out of what has gone before. The work culminates in a loud periodic repetition of an emphatic chord that, as it dies away, brings the work to its conclusion.

In this score, I wanted to capture the fanciful, changeable quality of our inner life at a time when it is not dominated by strong, directive intentions or desires – to capture the poetic moodiness that, in an earlier romantic context, we employ in the works of Robert Schumann like Kreisleriana, Carnaval, and Davids-bundlertanze.

--Elliott Carter

  • Soloist(s)
    Ursula Oppens (Piano)
    Music & Arts Programs of America:
  • Soloist(s)
    Stephen Drury (Piano)
  • Soloist(s)
    Winston Choi (Piano)
    L'empreinte Digitale:
  • Soloist(s)
    Charles Rosen (Piano)
  • Soloist(s)
    Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
    Warner Classics International:
  • Soloist(s)
    Ursula Oppens, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Håkon Austbø (piano)
  • Soloist(s)
    Aleck Karis
  • Ensemble
    New York Chamber Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
  • Soloist(s)
    Eric Huebner
    New Focus:
  • 29 OCT 2016
    Bargemusic, New York, NY
    Ursula Oppens, piano
  • 28 SEP 2016
    Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, ME
    Mari Asakawa, piano

    Other Dates:
    30 September - Weill Recital Hall, New York, NY
  • 29 MAY 2016
    Bunkyoku, Japan
    Mari Asakawa, piano
  • 09 NOV 2011
    Festival Slowind
    Slovenian Philarmonic Orchestra
    Robert Aitken, conductor
  • 07 DEC 2008
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; San Francisco, CA
    Ursula Oppens, piano
  • 02 DEC 2008
    West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge University, UK
    Raymond Clarke, piano

    Other Dates:
    10 December - Concert Hall, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
    9 December - Auditorium, Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol, UK
  • 21 JUL 2008
    BBC Proms
    Cadogan Hall, London
    Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
  • 21 JUL 2008
    Lenox, MA
    Ursula Oppens, piano
  • 17 JAN 2008
    Symphony Space; New York, NY
    Ursula Oppens
  • 15 JAN 2006
    Get Carter!
    St Giles Cripplegate, London
    Rolf Hind, piano
  • Aldeburgh Festival
    Louis Lortie, piano

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