A través de mis ojos by Mauricio Arias

This piece was commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia on 2015 for the celebration of the 100th birth anniversary of José Barros (1915-2007), who was a composer of iconic Colombian popular songs, such as "La Piragua". After receiving this commission, I started reviewing all those songs that I knew since childhood and found out that many colombian iconic songs (in many genres, such as, vallenato, pasillo, bolero, tango, etc) were written by the same author, José Barros.

For this hommage, I decided to make use of the genre by which by Barros is remembered the most, Cumbia, which is an afro-colombian rhythm from the Caribbean coast (Nowadays, the genre has been "stolen" and you can hear mexican, argentinian "cumbias", but, the Original cumbia is colombian).

In the orchestral hommage, I decided to reach a point of "evident" cumbia towards the end of the piece, which would transform itself into a joyous and rhythmically-driven finale. The "evident cumbia" melody is the generative material for the whole piece. Before reaching the cumbia point, the motives are deconstructed and transformed into different shapes, rhythms and timbres, such as the English Horn solo near the opening, the minimalistic echoes that follow it, or the percussion lines in the middle of the piece.


... the SCO has been doing very interesting work indeed and certainly worthy of support.

A/Prof Stuart Geoffrey Andrew Greenbaum, Composer (Australia)



....an amazing energy, funding and collecting works is needed to organize and realize an orchestra such as SCO and all these wonderful concerts, you make the quality of music rise in every musical work and there are not a lot of you out there.

Trimor Dhomi, Composer (Kosovo)



I'm very excited to hear your interpretation and to bring the piece to life!

Luke Flynn, Composer (USA)