My teacher was John Barsuglia
I was happy to note you had credited Mr. Barsuglia
, himself an accomplished accordionist, United States Army musician and WW II veteran.
He was a fine teacher and indeed had the background, knowledge and history to corroborate essential facts about the early years of your father and uncle in America.
At the Chicago competition, I played one of your cousin's original compositions, a difficult grade 6 etude, which I remember was essentially a very fast technical exercise.
was a great champion of your father, my teacher seized upon Pietro Jr.'s original composition as my contest entry at the last minute, but two weeks before the competition, as that particular etude had not been published before 1957.
After I won, my teacher introduced me to Pietro Jr. at the Palmer House Hotel.
Though it's been over four decades since the competition, and I'm a lapsed accordionist, I can still remember your cousin's kindly and smiling visage.
told me nobody so young had ever played his
work so well.
I had the pleasure of meeting John Barsuglia
He was a fine teacher and a friend and business associate of my father.
rest in peace.