Flagello, Nicolas. (1928–1994)
"Lyra" - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
AMQS from the American composer, who has penned six measures from his brass sextet Lyra and inscribed "To Steve Juscik— / from 'Lyra' - Brass Sextet / Nicolas Flagello / June 1979 / N.Y.C." In fine condition. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm.).
"Nicolas Flagello was one of the last composers to develop a distinctive mode of expression based wholly on the principles and techniques of European late-Romanticism. Born in New York City in 1928, Flagello grew up in a highly musical family with deep roots in Old-World traditions. A child prodigy, young Nicolas was composing and performing publicly as a pianist before the age of ten. While still a youth, he began a long and intensive apprenticeship with composer Vittorio Giannini, who further imbued him with the enduring values of the grand European tradition...As a composer, Flagello held with unswerving conviction to a view of music as a personal medium for emotional and spiritual expression. This unfashionable view, together with his vehement rejection of the academic formalism that dominated musical composition for several decades after World War II, prevented him from winning acceptance from the reigning arbiters of taste for many years. However, gradually Flagello's works began to win enthusiastic advocacy." (Biographical notes, http://www.flagello.com)