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  • Lucrecia R. Kasilag

(b Bacoor, Cavite, Oct 21, 1902; d Bacoor, Dec 28, 1985). Filipino composer and writer on music. At an early age he learnt to play the violin, the piano and the clarinet under an Aglipayan priest. He took preparatory law courses at the Far Eastern Institute (Associate in Arts 1927) and then entered the University of the Philippines Conservatory, where he received a teacher’s diploma in theory and composition in 1933. Later he taught at the university and was assistant secretary of its conservatory (1939–41). He also taught in other institutions, becoming director of the Conservatory of Centro Escolar University (1944–5). Founder-president of the Philippine Bandmasters’ Association, he conducted concerts and stage performances in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia. He also published articles on Philippine music, into which he has made dedicated research. He made four goodwill trips to Taiwan (1956–60), for which he received the Friend of China Award. Among his prizes and honours is a diploma of merit from the University of the Philippines on his retirement (1967).


(selective list)


The Elements (ballet), 1940

Ang Konsiyerto (ballet), 1974

film scores


Florante at Laura, ov., 1933

Filipinas Kong Mahal [My Beloved Philippines], sym. ov., 1960

Sym. for Greatness, 1966

Panamin Vc Conc., 1970

San-Abel, cl conc., 1984

band works


National Heroes Day Hymn, 1934

Philippines Triumphant, 1936

To the Filipino Youth, cant., 1951

Prelude and Fugue, chorus, orch, 1960

Second Decalogue, sym. ode, chorus, orch, 1963

folksong arrs.

Other works

Concertino, C, mar, pf, 1957

Silahis ’67 [Rays], ens, 1970

Pf Sonata, 1970

Kundiman [Love-song], 1v, pf