ELI

Composer: Sir Michael Costa

[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 >

Tune Information

Composer: Sir Michael Costa
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Incipit: 13543 21234 32233
Key: F Major

Texts

Now May He Who from the Dead

Soldiers of the cross, arise!

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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!"

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