Teodoro Cottrau

Teodoro Cottrau (7 December 1827, in Naples – 30 March 1879, in Naples) was an Italian composer, lyricist, publisher, journalist and politician.[1] He specialised in "folksy" Neapolitan songs.[2]

His arrangement of Santa Lucia was published in 1850 and recorded among others by Enrico Caruso and Elvis Presley.[3]

French composer and musicologist Guillaume Louis Cottrau was his father.


  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ 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 ...
  3. ^ 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 ..."

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