Photo: Pascal Perich.
The American master, seemingly inextinguishable, died this afternoon, at the age of 103. An entire world of culture dies with him — a landscape of memory that included Stravinsky, Nadia Boulanger, Ives, Gershwin, even Gustav Holst. As recently as July, Carter remained astoundingly undiminished, as this delightful video with Alisa Weilerstein attests. Allan Kozinn has the Times obituary; Russell Platt has thoughts on the New Yorker website; Tim Rutherford-Johnson gathers other memorials. I wrote about Carter mostly recently on the occasion of his hundredth birthday.