A chilling, bone-penetrating score that wreaks havoc and raw energy, Colin Stetson’s “The End” is a breathy, dark, but beautiful piece wrought of intensity and musical steel.This song begins with a series of, for lack of a better term, musical exhalations. It quickly builds to a chorus of horns, reflecting a deep understanding of modern compositional techniques. One can hear the influences of John Coolidge Adams, John Luther Adams, and other new-minimalist/post-minimalist composers. Not just tune a large crescendo, its building-up undulates and weaves as it escalates, making the tension and catharsis even more beautiful. Don’t be fooled by the dark beginning; this is the edge of sunlight–the music shines despite this being the end.