[Michaele Andrea Agniello Costa]
Born: February 14, 1808, Naples, Italy.
Died: 1884, Hove, East Sussex, England.
Buried: Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England.
Costa learned the rudiments of music from his maternal grandfather, Giacomo Tritto; he was placed at the Real Collegio di Musica in Naples, and after a public exam received a scholarship from Ferdinand I, King of the Two Sicilies. He composed his first cantata at age 15, and went on to write symphonies, oratorios, operas, and quartets. He eventually moved to London, where he was knighted in 1869. In 1871, he became "director of the music, composer, and… Go to person page >
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with th'angelic hosts proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"