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Pasquale Mario Costa

Mario Pasquale Costa (24 July 1858 –27 September 1933) was a prolific Italian composer primarily known for his art songs, Neapolitan songs, and operettas.

Costa was born in Taranto to Angelo and Maria Giuseppa née Malagisi. His father was a customs official, but the Costa family numbered several notable composers and musicians, including Costa's uncle Michael Costa and his great-grandfather Giacomo Tritto. Costa studied composition, piano and singing at the San Pietro a Maiella Conservatory in Naples under another uncle Carlo Costa, Paolo Serrao, and Giuseppe Martucci.

By the age of 17 Costa had already published numerous art songs. Possessed of an attractive tenor voice, he often performed them himself for the first time. Between 1881 and 1884 he lived and worked in London where Italian songs were very much in vogue. On his return to Naples, he became very active in the revival of the Neapolitan musical tradition. After 1920 he concentrated on composing operettas, pantomimes, and ballets. Costa died in Monte Carlo in 1933. The following year his remains were brought to Taranto and placed in a monumental tomb erected by the city.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 24th, 1858 (Taranto), Died Montecarlo, Tuscany

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 39 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 01204 7-in. Apr. 1900 ’A frangesa march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]352 7-in. 10/1/1900 'A frangesa Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]352 10-in. 12/30/1901 'A frangesa Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3020 10-in. 1/14/1901 'A frangesa march Kendle's First Regiment Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3296 10-in. 5/1/1901 'A frangesa march Professor MacCann Concertina solo composer  
Victor A-1282 7-in. 4/28/1904 'A frangesa march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-1282 10-in. 4/28/1904 'A frangesa march Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-1684 7-in. 9/13/1904 'A frangesa march Ferruccio Giannini Tenor vocal solo, with band composer  
Victor B-1684 10-in. 9/13/1904 'A frangesa march Ferruccio Giannini Tenor vocal solo, with band and vocal chorus composer  
Victor E-3402 8-in. 5/23/1906 Soldiers' march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-3402 10-in. 5/23/1906 Soldiers' march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-4813 10-in. 9/17/1907 'A frangesa march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-6054 10-in. 3/26/1908 Serenata napulitana Francesco Daddi Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-9831 12-in. 1/20/1911 Luna nova Antonio Scotti Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra and chorus composer  
Victor B-9832 10-in. 1/20/1911 Scétate Antonio Scotti Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-10097 10-in. 3/23/1911 Uocchie di suonno Mario Sammarco Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-17363 12-in. 3/23/1916 Songs of the past, no. 13 Victor Mixed Chorus Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-19220 10-in. 2/23/1917 Munasterio Vincenzo Esposito Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-21774 10-in. 4/16/1918 Sei morta nella vita mia Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-24109 10-in. 5/13/1920 Sei morta ne la vita mia! Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-24109 10-in. 2/18/1929 Sei morta nella vita mia! Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-24111 10-in. 5/13/1920 Munasterio Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-26815 10-in. 7/31/1922 Italian melodies Pietro Accordion solo composer  
Victor B-27116 10-in. 11/3/1922 Napulitanata Tito Schipa Tenor vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-27116 10-in. 9/10/1928 Napulitanata Tito Schipa Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 1-25 of 39 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Costa, Pasquale Mario," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105808.

Costa, Pasquale Mario. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105808.

"Costa, Pasquale Mario." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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