Mar de Lurín, after paintings by Fernando de Szyszlo, for Oboe and Guitar
The paintings of Polish-Peruvian artist Fernando de Szyszlo (b. 1925) were introduced to me by Dr. Michael Alec Rose in the Spring of 2010. I was transfixed by the vibrant, saturated colors that Szyszlo used, and by the mysteriously ancient quality and subject matter of his art. In a manner analogous to music, Szyszlo's artwork is pervaded by motifs that gain their own significance both within each painting and a universal significance within Szyszlo's œuvre. His paintings of Lurín from (a coastal city in Peru) are some of his most beautiful and sensuous works. This composition was the winner of the 2012 Blair School of Music Composition Competition and is dedicated to Lindsey Reymore and Professor Joshua McGuire.