ROMEO CASCARINO (1922 - 2002)
Romeo Cascarino, a virtually
self-taught Philadelphia musician, was assisted by various awards and
scholarships in his early career. He taught for many years at the Combs College
of Music, responding to a number of commissions, but generally unwilling to
promote his own work. He remained strongly dedicated to the principles of
tonality and to beauty of orchestral colour.
Orchestral & Chamber
Written between 1948 and
1960, the ballet Pygmalion and The Portrait of Galatea are
inspired by Greek mythology, while Prospice was inspired by Browning's
poem of that name. The Acadian Land takes at its source Longfellow's
imaginary paradise. Blades of Grass, for English horn, harp and strings,
derives from Carl Sandburg's elegy Grass, and Cascarino's Meditation
and Elegy are adolescent piano pieces inspired by Poe's Annabel Lee
and later scored for strings.