I am deeply saddened by the passing of Steven Stucky, my dear friend, colleague, mentor. My Dolce Suono Ensemble musicians and I worked closely with him on his commissioned piece for “Mahler 100 / Schoenberg 60” and other projects. Steve gave us so much more than his musical genius and towering intellect – his generosity of spirit, humor, humility, and all-encompassing love for music. The things I learned from my discussions with Steve, about music and his beloved literature and poetry, are without number. Yet he wore his many laurels gracefully, always rolling up his sleeves to help the performers (like the time he saved the day helping us put together a stubborn vibraphone right before a concert!). I miss him already, and he will always be a beacon of light and inspiration for me and all the many people whose lives he touched.