A son’s vivid tribute to the late composer Steven Stuckymain
From Matthew Stucky:
It is with a profoundly heavy heart that I say yesterday, February 14th my father,Steven Stucky passed away peacefully in his sleep in his home of many years, Ithaca, NY, at the all-too-early age of 66 in the company of his beloved wife Kristen Frey Stucky.
With his passing the world has lost one of it’s great voices. To me he was a magician. A man who seemed able to effortlessly page back the curtain of The Universe and reveal its wonders with resonant sound and pathos. He could speak through the very fibers of the world itself. He was, and is, my hero.
He showed me to Hardy and DeLillo. Rodin and Chihuly. Rembrandt and Klee. Bergman and Kubrick. Shaw and Ibsen. Le Corbusier and Gehry. Keaton and Cleese. He taught me that grace and poise are the result of humility and to only speak the truth or nothing at all. He taught me the importance of a good suit, an old Islay, and a good meal with friends.
An epic traveller, he saw more corners of the world than most people could in 5 lives and made untold lifelong friends wherever he went.
He was a man of bottomless kindness and empathy. And he was funny, oh so funny, as anyone who knew him could attest.
He was a great believer in social justice and the equal rights of all people. I’m sure he is giving Scalia a piece of his mind this very moment.
And he was, of course, a dog person.
I love you Dad. You changed me and the world forever.