Most of Campos' danzas were written for dances, because Campos had his own dance orchestra, "La Lira Ponceña". He modified his compositions so that they may also be played on piano. Campos is mostly known for his danza compositions even though he also composed Waltzes, Symphonies, Marches and Overtures.
Campos' inspiration came mostly from women and love. His great love was a lady named Mercedes Arias, but her family did not approve of their relationship (Possibly because of racial differences). It was from that frustrated "love" that many of Campos' beautiful danzas were born. "Maldito Amor" (Damned Love) is an example.
Among his best known compositions are "Felices Dias' (Happy Days), "No Me Toques" (Do Not Touch Me), "Idilio" and "Maldito Amor" (Damned Love).
Among the honors and recognitions bestowed on Juan Morel Campos are the following: The Free School of Music Juan Morel Campos in San Juan. There is a Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Brooklyn, New York and a Jr. High School in Ponce. There is a monument to Juan Morel Campos in the "Parque las Delicias" in Ponce and a section of the city (a barriada) is also named after him. On May 23, 1984, the Government of Puerto Rico declared May 16 of every year to be celebrated as "Juan Morel Campos Day" and that November 23 be known as "The Day of the Composer". In 2001, Campos was poshumously inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame. His nephew Pedro Albizu Campos went on to become a famous political leader.
You may listen to "No me toque" by Juan Morel Campos: Here
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