Camps, Pompeyo

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Camps, Pompeyo

Camps, Pompeyo, Argentine composer; b. Paraná, Oct. 27, 1924; d. Buenos Aires, Nov. 3, 1997. After playing piano in bands in his native town, he settled in Buenos Aires in 1947, where he studied with Jaime Pahissa and adopted his “intertonal system” of convertible counterpoint. In 1964 Camps modified this technique by incorporating serial procedures. He was also active as a music critic.


Piano Sonata (1954); 2 string quartets (1957, 1974); La pendiente, opera (1959); Fantasia for Strings (1961); The Ballad of Reading Gaol for Men’s Chorus, Narrator, and Orch. (1964); Sinfónia para un poeta for Baritone and Orch. (1967); Tríptico arcáico for Flute, Viola, Cello, and Guitar (1961); Danzas for Percussion (1966); Reflejos for 13 Brasses and Percussion (1968); Ciudad sin tregua for String Quartet (1974); songs; piano pieces.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire