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date: 18 August 2019

Costa family(i)locked

  • Robert Stevenson,
  • Asta-Rose Alcaide
  •  and Manuel Carlos De Brito


Much confusion has been created in musical scholarship, and in reference works, by the fact that there have been many musicians of the name Costa. The Italians of that name are dealt with under Costa family, Costa family §(6) and Costa family §(5). Other musicians of the name, all Portuguese and evidently unrelated, are listed in the present entry; see also Costa, Dalmiro, Costa, Sir Michael and Costa, Sequeira.

Robert Stevenson

(b Lisbon; d Avila, between 5 Jan and April 7, 1660). Composer and organist. According to Barbosa Machado’s Bibliotheca lusitana, he studied in Rome. On 19 May 1626 he was appointed maestro de capilla in Badajoz Cathedral after presenting an original motet and villancico. His annual salary was 47,150 maravedís and two cahizes of wheat. Although woodwind instruments (cornetts, sackbuts and bassoons) continued to be the main accompanying instruments throughout his time at Badajoz, by 1635 Vaz da Costa was using the harp to accompany Christmas ...

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