Campos-Parsi, Héctor, Puerto Rican composer; b. Ponce, Oct. 1, 1922. He studied in Ponce, then at the Univ. of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras (1938–44). After taking courses at the New England Cons, of Music in Boston (1947–50) and with Copland and Messiaen at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (summers 1949–50), he studied with Boulanger in Fontainebleau (1951–53). Returning to Puerto Rico in 1955, he was active as a composer, poet, journalist, music critic, television commentator, and concert manager. In some of his works, he utilized Puerto Rican folk music. In other pieces, he embraced aleatory procedures and electronics.
DRAMATIC: Ballet: Incidente (1949); Melos (1951); Juan Bobo y las fiestas (1957); Urayoán (1958); Areyto boriken (1974); De Diego (1974). orch.:Divertimento de Sur for Flute, Clarinet, and Strings (1953); Oda a Cabo Rojo (1959); Rapsodia elegíaca for Strings (1960); Kollagia for Orch., Percussion, and Tape (1963); Dúo trágico for Piano and Orch. (1964); Tiempo sereno for Strings (1983); Trés Madrigales for Soprano and Strings (1983); Tissú for Accordion and Small Orch. (1984); Tureyareito (1984); Églogas for Baritone and Strings (1988). chamber:Serenata for String Trio (1949); Violin Sonata (1949); Música for 3 Violins (1949); String Quartet (1950); Dialogantes for Violin and Piano (1952); Violin Sonatina (1953); Música per la stagione estiva for 2 Flutes and Piano (1956); El secreto for Flute, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, Cello, and Piano (1957); Petroglifos for Piano Trio (1966); Arawak for Cello and Tape (1970); Sleeping Beauty for Flute, Harp, and 2 Pianos (1978); Fanfare for an American Festival for 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, and Percussion (1982); Sonetos Sagrados for Soprano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn (1986); piano pieces.
F. Caso, H. C.-P. in the History of Twentieth-Century Music in Puerto Rico (diss., Ind. Univ., 1972).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire