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DACOSTA, ISAAC-FRANCIS:

Musician and composer; born at Bordeaux Jan. 17, 1778; died there Nov. 29, 1864. He was a pupil of the Musical Conservatory in 1798. Later, while first cornet at the opera in Paris, he was vice-leader of the Musique des Gardes du Corps, under Louis XVIII. He wrote several romances and concertos. Meyerbeer composed for him, in 1836, the clarinet solo in the fifth act of "The Huguenots." He is believed to have been the son of the musician Samuel-Franco Dacosta, who was arraigned before the revolutionary tribunal at Bordeaux in 1794.

Bibliography:
  • Edouard Féret, Statistique de la Gironde, iii. 162;
  • Aurel Vivie, Hist. de la Terreur à Bordeaux, ii. 343-401.
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