Sunday, May 16, 2010

Juan Morel Campos

Juan Morel Campos, born on May 16, 1857 was an extraordinary musical composer of his time.
Morel Campos was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico where at the age of eight he began to study music. He learned to play practically every brass instrument. His musical niche was the music known as danza in which he excelled and developed his own style. His first composition was called "Sopapos". He also had his own dance orchestra known as "La Lira Ponceña". Morel Campos wrote over 200 danza compositions, not including the many he also composed such as Waltzes, Symphonies, Marches and Overtures. His life was cut short at the age of 39 on May 12, 1896 due to a stroke he had suffered on April 26, 1896.

Among his best known compositions are "Felices Dias"(Happy Days), "No Me Toques"(Do Not Touch Me), "Idilio"(Idyll), "Alma Sublime"(Sublime Soul) and "Maldito Amor" (Damned Love).

**Danza: a very sophisticated form of music that can be extremely varied in its expression originating in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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