Coscia, Silvio, 1899-1977

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Silvio Coscia (1899-1977) came from a family of professional singers, including his father and his brother. At the age of eight, Coscia was accepted as a cantor at the St Ambrigio Cathedral in Milan under Mr. Cervi. In 1910, Coscia entered the Municipal School of Singing, where he completed the regular three-year course under Mr. Corio. In 1913, he entered the Royal Conservatory of Music in Milan where he earned his degree and became proficient in piano, organ, French horn, and composition. In 1924, Coscia immigrated to the United States where he played horn in symphonic organizations. Subsequently, in 1928, Coscia joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as its youngest member and remained there through 1964. While performing with the Met orchestra, Coscia also served as a vocal coach to well known artists such as Renata Tebaldi, Lily Pons, and Jerome Hines. During this time Coscia also began composing serious works for orchestra, symphonic band, winds, and voice. Also while in New York, Coscia worked as an arranger for the Goldman Band and performed with the New York Symphony Band. Coscia's compositions have been performed by the New York Symphony, the Halifax Symphony, the New England Conservatory Symphony, the Municipal Band of Venice, the Detroit Concert Band, the Santa Fe Chamber Orchestra and the Goldman Band. In additions, Coscia's songs have been performed at the Santa Fe festival, and in recital by Giuseppe Valdengo and Cesare Siepe. Coscia's music has been published by Barron, Fox, and Ricordi. He is sometimes referred to as Sylvius C. After retiring from the Metropolitan orchestra, Coscia returned to Milan for awhile and later returned to the United States, where he was hired by his friend Gunther Schuller to serve on the faculty of New England Conservatory. Coscia taught voice and operatic diction at NEC from 1967-1975. Upon Coscia's death, his widow Virginia Coscia donated many of his compositions to the library at New England Conservatory. Coscia was the recipient of The Silver Medal of Merit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy and was knighted by the President of Italy.

From the description of Silvio Coscia collection, 1920-1970. (New England Conservatory of Music). WorldCat record id: 663099261

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creatorOf Coscia, Silvio, 1899-1977. Silvio Coscia collection, 1920-1970. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
creatorOf Coscia, Silvio, 1899-1977. Epicedium pro heros : original trio for violin, cello (or French horn) and piano / Silvius Coscia. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
creatorOf Coscia, Silvio, 1899-1977. The exorcism : (Faust in the forest) / Silvius Coscia ; condensed piano score. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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Trios (Piano, horn, violin)--Scores and parts
Ballets--Piano scores
Piano trios--Scores and parts


Birth 1899

Death 1977



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SNAC ID: 54921622