About the Composer

Lucrecia Roces Kasilag (View Compositions)

August 31, 1918 - August 16, 2008

Birth Place: San Fernando, La Union
Father: Marcial Kasilag Sr.
Mother: Asuncion Roces

National Artist for Music, 1989

Lucrecia Kasilag grew up in Paco, Manila. She obtained the following degrees: music teacher’s diploma, major in piano from St. Scholastica’s College; A.B. English and Bachelor of Music, major in piano from Philippine Women’s University; master of music from Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester in New York; and doctor of music from Centro Escolar University (CEU). Kasilag was the former president and artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), dean of Philippine Women’s University College of Music, and a founder of the Bayanihan Folk Arts Center. She learned her solfeggio lessons from her mother, violinist Asuncion Roces. Her significant works include: “For You” for voice; “The Message,” for voice; “Love Songs,” a song cycle for soprano and piano; and “Paru-paro at Uod” from Jose Rizal’s “Pamana ng lahi.” Kasilag also arranged for duet, or for voice and string quartet, and for “Dularawan,” a song-dance drama which was first performed at the inauguration of the CCP in 1969.