As the excerpts quoted from Virgil Thomson's review have already shown, Carter's quartet enjoyed a remarkable succès d'estime, or “reputation success.” It taught him a lesson, as he has put it, “about my relationship with performers and audiences.” For
as I wrote, an increasing number of musical difficulties arose for prospective performers and listeners, which the musical conception seemed to demand. I often wondered whether the quartet would ever have any performers or listeners. Yet within a few years of its composition it won an important prize and was played (always with a great deal of rehearsal) more than any work I had written up to that time. It even received praise from admired colleagues.28
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