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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

AGOSTINI, LUCIO, 1913-1996
MUS 99

Lucio Agostini fonds.  - 1945-1989.  - 16. 5 m of textual records.  - 163 audio tape reels.  - 98 audio discs.  - 7 microfilm reels. 

Biographical sketch
Born in Italy, Lucio Agostini arrived in Montréal in 1915, becoming a naturalized Canadian in 1926.  From 1932 to 1944 he composed film music for Associated Screen News.  In 1934 he began as a conductor for the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission network.  In Toronto, where he moved in 1943, he composed and conducted the incidental music for drama series and variety programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Andrew Allan's Stage and Appointment with Agostini are some examples.  Also at the CBC, for over 20 years he held the position of conductor and arranger for the television program Front Page Challenge.  His work as a composer includes musicals, scores for feature films and short films (many for the National Film Board), concertos, an opera, and numerous arrangements. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of Lucio Agostini:  manuscripts and manuscript copies of some 2,000 scores (numbered), including compositions and musical arrangements for dramas, films and variety shows for the CBC; film music compositions; musical compositions for plays; concertos and divertimentos; recordings of musical compositions and arrangements for CBC radio and television; microfilms of compositions by Lucio Agostini. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Lucio Agostini, in several accessions, between 1978 and 1988. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  card catalogues with index. 

Associated material:  Lucio Agostini fonds (MSS 393) and Giuseppe fonds (MSS 342) at the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec; for radio texts corresponding to the music of Lucio Agostini, the researcher should consult the Andrew Allan Collection at the National Archives of Canada and the records of the Centre for Broadcast Studies at McGill University in Montréal. 

Accruals:  further accessions expected. 

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