French composer and musicologist Guillaume Louis Cottrau was his father.
- The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular and Folk -James J. Fuld - 2000 p485 "Teodoro Cottrau, a composer, lyricist, publisher, journalist and politician, was born in Naples in 1827 and died there in 1879."
- Concerto: Das Magazin für Alte Musik 2002 "Zwei gitarrenbegleitete Canzonen von Gennaro Negri und Teodora Cotrau leiten ins frühe 19. Jahrhundert über - und damit ins postkartenhafte Bella-Napoli-Klischee, also die Kommerzialisierung der Folklore. Immerhin singt Rosario Totaro ...
- David Neale - 2003 Roots of Elvis - p104 Santa Lucia (Teodoro Cottrau) Recorded by Elvis on Wednesday, 10 July 1963 Original: Caruso, 1916 Elvis's version can be heard on Elvis For Everyone Italian Teodoro Cottrau wrote this number in 1850. Elvis's version was sung in Love In ..."