Remembering the life and works of National Artist for Music Lucrecia R. Kasilag on her 14th death anniversary.
Lucrecia Kasilag was an educator, composer, performing artist, administrator, and cultural entrepreneur of national and international caliber, who involved herself wholly in sharpening the Filipino’s appreciation of music. She pioneered the task of discovering Filipino roots through fusing ethnic music and Western influences (incorporating indigenous Filipino instruments in orchestral productions). Her notable works are ‘Toccata for Percussion and Winds’, ‘Divertissement and Concertante’, ‘Love Song Cycle’, ‘Legend of the Sarimanok and Dularawan’.
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On August 31, 1918, Lucrecia R. Kasilag was born. She was proclaimed national artist for music in 1989.
She received many accolades such as the Presidential Award of Merit as a woman composer in 1956, and the Presidential Award of Merit and gold medal for leadership and outstanding contribution to music and the arts in 1960.
Her body of work consisted of more than 200 compositions that combined Eastern and Western styles, incorporating indigenous Filipino instruments in orchestral productions.
In 1976, she became the first female president of the CCP. She also served as the dean of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) College of Music for 25 years, and chairperson of the League of Filipino Composers for 35 years. (PCW)
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