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In “Kafka and his Precursors,” Jorge Luis Borges explains that revolutionary writers such as Kafka can fundamentally alter the way we interpret everything that preceded them in the literary canon. This notion is well-suited to Elliott Carter, the 103-year-old prolific American avant-garde composer who just keeps on going, and Haydn, the prolific 18th century Austrian composer of the Classical period. The Juilliard String Quartet will test Borges’s theory, putting both side by side, with two quartets composed 200 years apart. Does Haydn have any Carteresque qualities? Prepare for the time warp, and listen carefully to Carter for the secret to longevity.
Thu., Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m., 2012