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Torchi, Luigi

Fabio Fano

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Mondano, nr Bologna, Nov 7, 1858; d Bologna, Sept 18, 1920). Italian musicologist. He studied composition at the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, with Paolo Serrao at the Naples Conservatory, then in Germany and France, benefiting particularly from the teaching of Jadassohn and Reinecke in Leipzig. At the same time he studied literature in Italy and abroad. In 1884 he returned to Italy, where from 1885 to 1891 he taught music history and was librarian at the Liceo Musicale Rossini at Pesaro. He then moved to the Liceo Musicale at Bologna, where he performed the same duties and also taught composition. From 1894 to 1904 he was editor of the Rivista musicale italiana, to which he contributed many scholarly and critical articles.

Many Italian musicologists accorded Torchi a position of pre-eminence beside Chilesotti, particularly for his essays on Italian instrumental music. Yet his methods were unsophisticated, especially in aesthetic criticism, which he also applied to contemporary Italian and German composers. If his attitude to Schumann's ...

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