Los Visitantes de La Noche (2012) completes the trilogy of works which I have composed responding to the paintings of the Polish/Peruvian painter Fernando de Szyszlo. Hermetically symbolic, sensuous, primordial, Los Visitantes de la Noche takes its inspiration from a collection of paintings; the figures appear singularly in paintings entitled Visitante and several of them appear together in Abolicion de la Muerte. Fierce, totemic figures stand imposingly, framed by light emanating from crude-hewn doors. Have they just entered? Are we in this room as well, trapped? After portraits of these four Vistitantes, the fifth movement is their retreat, Abolicion de la Muerte. Here the angle has shifted and Fernando de Szyszlo shows the visitors now with the bright light cast upon them, perhaps showing them as only painted stone, perhaps calling them back. In any event, no questions have been answered and their departure is as disconcerting as their arrival. I am grateful to Justin Goldsmith, who first requested the piece and to whom it is dedicated, for his efforts on this work of prodigious technical difficulty. He gave the premiere of this work on March 18, 2014 at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.
I. Primer Visitante (Slow) -
II. Segundo Visitante (Fast) -
III. Tercer Visitante (Medium Slow) -
IV. Cuarto Visitante (Very Fast) -
V. Abolición de la Muerte (Medium Slow)