Speaking of the work that the SOLI chamber ensemble premiered last week at Trinity University and the McNay, the composer and musician Steven Mackey mentioned “a certain immortality I had when I was 30 that I don't have any more.”
It's a useful idea, I think. One is granted a full, untarnished immortality, which, over time, becomes gradually attenuated to the point that it scarcely resembles immortality at all. It begins rather to look like its opposite. After which? Well, the title of Mackey's quartet, which was commissioned by SOLI, would appear to imply, if not outright answer, that question: Prelude to the End.