Homenaje a Amaury Veray

The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music presented a concert in memory of Amaury Veray at the conservatory November 12th at 8pm. On the program was Jolgorio en la Jacana by Veray, a piece for piano, bassoon, violin, cello, clarinet, oboe, trumpet and trombone in which I played.

Amaury Veray Torregrosa, was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico in 1922 and died in 1995. Together with Héctor Campos Parsi and Jack Delano, he is considered one of the founders of the nationalistic movement in Puerto Rican music. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1943 from the University of Puerto Rico and a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory in 1949, where he specialized in music theory. He was professor of music at the Escuela Superior de Ponce, chorus director at Universidad Católica and assistant in the education division of the community music program. In 1956 he studied at the Academia de Santa Cecilia in Rome thanks to the Pablo Casals scholarship administered by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Upon his return to Puerto Rico he founded the Archive of National Music. He taught history of music of Puerto Rico and was the head of the Theory and Composition Department at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
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  1. I knew Amaury Veray very well when we were both students at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Amaury introduced me to his lovely sister and her husband, and his mother once sent me some dulce de leche. If any family member should read this, I should like to tell them that I am very sorry I didn’t visit Puerto Rico and see Amaury and his family once again. I am glad he accomplished so much musically in his beloved Puerto Rico. Please e-mail me (family members) if you remember me> activdot@optonline.net

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