Tony Arnold on Carter

Soprano Tony Arnold has an exceptionally thoughtful piece on Elliott Carter’s vocal music at New Music Box. Her main points – a questioning of the real meaning of “idiomatic” writing; and an invitation to consider the role of timbre in performing this music – are important both for composers and performers.

I couldn’t find anything on YouTube with Tony singing Carter; instead, here she is with Crumb’s first book of Madrigals:

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