The Piano Compositional Style of Lucrecia Roces Kasilag

by Salido, Caroline Besana

Abstract (Summary)
Often alluded to as the “First Lady of Philippine Music,” Lucrecia “King” Roces Kasilag, born in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines, on August 31, 1918, holds numerous national and international leadership roles as composer, educator, administrator, and researcher. Kasilag has composed more than 250 works covering most genres including orchestra, chamber, organ, piano, vocal, sacred, operetta, dance, theatre, electronic and incidental music. She is a nationally acclaimed composer and artist in the Philippines. However, most of her works are largely unpublished and difficult to retrieve for use in the academic, as well as in the performance community. Therefore, her contributions are not well known in the Western world to the degree they deserve. This document intends to provide a brief historical background of Philippine music, a biography of Kasilag describing her work and accomplishments, a list of her compositions and her contributions as a composer in today’s musical world. The writer will present detailed analyses of selected piano works for their sound, texture, harmony, melody, rhythm and form. The writer will also examine Western and Eastern influences within these piano works, reflecting Kasilag’s classic and romantic orientation with some use of twentieth-century techniques. The selected piano works include April Morning (Fantasie Tone-Poem) (1941), Theme and Variations (based on a Filipino folk tune “Walay Angay”) (1950) and Elegy on Mt. Pinatubo (1991). The writer has chosen these selected works to extend knowledge of Kasilag’s piano works and their compositional style, and to promote interest in their performance.
Bibliographical Information:


School:The Ohio State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:kasilag lucrecia philippines piano music twentieth century


Date of Publication:01/01/2002

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