Life Span

2018 – string quartet – 10:10

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  1. Life Span (midi demo) 10:14


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Programme Notes

At the time I composed these programme notes for this composition, I had been a living human being on this planet for 44 years, 5 months and 14 days. According to one of those online life expectancy calendars, I can expect to live until the age 85 and die in the year 2059. That means I have 40 years remaining on Earth.

This one-movement string quartet musically depicts my personal coming to terms with the time I have lived and the time I have remaining. Many would say that pondering one’s mortality might seem morbid, but I consider it healthy. When I was in my 20s, I was petrified that I would not live forever. As the years have gone on though, I have become more and more comfortable with the idea. I feel very proud of everything that I have accomplished in my life. And as the days, weeks and years tick away, I continue to have a quiet resolve to lead the most active and fulfilled life possible.

Time is ticking. You only live once.

– Frank Horvat


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