Musicals, Film Scores, Incidental Music
Lucio Agostini's compositions include three musical comedies: Willie the Squowse (1968), Gibraltar (1975), and Divorce (1976); scores for the feature films Inside Out (1975), Ragtime Summer (1977), The Little Brown Burro (1978), and Ichabod Crane (1978); a Piano Concerto (1948); a Flute Concerto (1960, recorded by Nicholas Fiore with the Albert Pratz orchestra, RCI 174); and Trio Québécois (1970, Boosey & Hawkes, written for and recorded by Avrahm Galper, 1971, Dominion S-69004). He also composed the incidental music for the 1980 CBC radio dramatization of Robertson Davies' novel Fifth Business (issued on 4 cassettes, CBC Enterprises 3DT-4). In 1983 he was recognized with ACTRA's John Drainie Award for distinguished contributions to Canadian broadcasting. Agostini also wrote arrangements for recordings by the singers Alys Robi, Juliette, and Tony Ziccardi, by the guitarist Giovanni Liberatore, and by his own orchestra. Agostini's value as a composer of incidental music lay in his command of an orchestra and its colours, his ability to satisfy the dramatic requirements at hand, his speed and precision, his effectiveness as a conductor, and his efficiency. Pierre Berton said in the Toronto Star, "Lucio was one of the best two or three composers and directors for television, radio, films, that we had in Canada. He was a very inventive composer for the kind of things he was doing. He was very fast - which of course was important for radio and TV - and he was very good, which was even more important." Agostini's manuscripts are deposited at Library and Archives Canada.
See also Gloria Agostini (his sister).
Pickwick Papers (tone poem). 1948. Orchestra
Elegie. 1948. Orchestra.
Shakespearean String Suite. 1948. String orchestra
Author Maria Corvin, Helen McNamara, Betty Nygaard King
Lucio Agostini and His Orchestra. 1963. CTL S-5013
Action with Agostini. 1964? Cap ST-6087
Mucho Lucio. 1965. CTL S-5065
Once Upon a Hundred Years. 1967. CBC LM-56
Mas Mucho Lucio. 1968. CTL S-5019. Also issued as Cold Shoulder and Hot Brass. RCA CTLS-5019
Willie the Squowse: A Fantasy. 2000 (originally broadcast 1950). SP Audio Classics
'The many-faceted career of Lucio Agostini,' Canadian Composer, 21, Sep 1967
'Agostini and Surdin,' Canadian Composer, 38, Mar 1969
McNamara, Helen. 'Lucio Agostini: amazing productivity, enthusiasm,' Canadian Composer, 92, Jun 1974
McLarty, James. 'Appointment with Agostini,' Motion, vol 4, no. 2, 1975
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Music Centre
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This profile of popular entertainer Juliette focuses on her CBC television and recording career. From the website for Gala Records.
Lucio Agostini fonds
A guide to the Lucio Agostini fonds at Library and Archives Canada. Includes a brief biographical sketch.
Canadian Divas: Female Vocalists of the Golden Age of Radio and Television
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for audio clips from the recording and click on the photos for brief profiles of each singer. From the website for Gala Records.
Alys Robi: A diva in full bloom
This site profiles the popular Canadian singer and song stylist Alys Robi. Covers her starring role in the CBC radio show "Let There Be Music" and her collaboration with Lucio Agostini, arranger and conductor of the radio series. From the website for Gala Records.
Alys Robi: Diva
A review of the Gala Records recording "Alys Robi: Diva" with with Orchestre Lucio Agostini. From the website for the CAML Review.