Saturday, February 23, 2008

“Felices Días” by Afro-Puerto Rican Composer Juan Morel Campos at YouTube

Juan Morel Campos (1857-1896) was an Afro-Puerto Rican composer and musician known as the most prolific composer of Puerto Rican Danzas. He is profiled at A 4-minute YouTube video calledFelices Días - Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico” was posted Feb. 19, 2008 by (davimerc):

“Roselín Pabón: Director/Conductor

Juan Morel Campos
Born in Ponce on May 16, 1857, he is without any doubt, the best exponent of the Puerto Rican danza. He was the most prolific danza composer and the one who took that form to its highest level. “El Asalto”, "Felices Días", "Vano Empeño", "No me toques", “Un Conflicto”, "Mis penas", "Tormento", "Alma Sublime", "Laura y Georgina” and many others are only a small sample of his vast repertoire, which is calculated to be more than 550 compositions of which more than 300 are danzas. He began his musical studies at the tender age of eight under Prof. Antonio Egipciaco.

During his youth he learned how to play almost all brass instruments and for some time he conducted the Municipal Band of Ponce and was the church's organist. He later became the most advanced student of Manuel G. Tavarez, considered The Father of the Danza, whose influence can be perceived in some of his first creating new danzas in which he incorporated all the rhythms and styles of his time, plus many of his own, developing the form to what it is today. Many of Morel's danzas were not originally written for the piano. In its origins danzas were for dancing, as its name implies. Morel had his own dance orchestra, "La Lira Ponceña" for which he wrote most of his compositions. Later he transcribed them for the piano, so they could be played by everyone at home and not be forgotten. Morel's inspiration came from many sources, but most of his danzas are inspired on women and love. It is said that he was in love with a lady, Mercedes Arias, but her family didn't approve of her relationship with the musician. That frustration gave birth to many of his most beautiful danzas of which "Alma Sublime" is said to be one. On April 26, 1896, during a concert in Ponce, he suffered a stroke which led to his death on May 12, just four days before his 39th birthday.”

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