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Steve Hicken

>But wouldn't Carter's own methods be classified as European by this definition?

I don't think so. Carter has habits and predelictions, like we all do, but he's never had a system as such. In certain pieces, especially the three big concertos of the sixties, Carter systematically explored the nature of unordered sets. The result of this was an attitude towards harmony rather than a system.

Mr. Carter has certain rhythmic ideas that are present in many pieces, but this is no more a "system" than is Kyle Gann's metametrics (which has quite a bit in common with Mr. Carter's rhythmic praxis) or minimalism.

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