Alphonse-Marie-Louis de Prat de Lamartine asks, rhetorically: 'What is our life but a succession of preludes to that unknown song whose first solemn note is sounded by death?' [Méditations Poétiques, Second series, Sermon 15, 1820]. Fair enough, although it turns out the song is an infinitely extended remix of Cage's 4'33". But perhaps we shouldn't let that put us off.
'Le Prat', indeed.