Héctor Campos Parsi (1925-1998) was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1925. He started with a liberal-arts education, attending the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras. Soon after graduation he began a series of musical studies abroad, first at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Francis Judd Cooke, then at the Berkshire Music Center summer session with Aaron Copland, Irving Fine, and Olivier Messiaen (1949-50). These were followed by study for four years with Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau. He returned home in 1955 in time for the cultural renaissance that was springing up in Puerto Rico in the late 1950’s. During a quarter century as director of music programs for the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, he was active in setting up cultural centers, festivals, concerts, and television programs, as well as working in research and publications. In addition, he served as professor of composition and theory at the Conservatory and is a member of the Puerto Rican Academy of Arts and Sciences, which awarded him its Gran Premio de Musica in 1970. Like Dvorak, he wrote both national and international musical styles. Parsi’s compositional approach is fundamentally tonal, though he branched out on occasion into electronic and aleatoric music.
Hector Campos Parsi — Sonetos Sagrados (Sacred Sonnets)
A leading composer of Puerto Rico, Campos Parsi (1925-1998) wrote this work for woodwind quintet and Spanish voice (soprano or tenor) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage to the Americas. This challenging five movement recital piece is a fusion of modern composition with old world Spanish Renaissance poetry and musical styles.
For Woodwind Quintet and Spanish Voice (Soprano or Tenor), 19 minutes.
WW5-0110 . . . $39.00