Torchi, Luigi, eminent Italian musicologist; b. Mondano, near Bologna, Nov. 7, 1858; d. Bologna, Sept. 18, 1920. He studied composition at the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, with Serrao at the Naples Cons., with Jadassohn and Reinecke at the Leipzig Cons., and in France. He was prof, of music history and librarian at the Liceo Musicale Rossini in Pesaro (1885-91), and from 1895 to 1916 he held similar positions at the Bologna Cons., also teaching composition there. From its foundation (1894) until 1904 he was ed. of the Rivista Musicale Italiana, for which he wrote many valuable essays. In 1890 he publ. Riccardo Wagner: Studio critico (2nd ed., 1913). Besides a collection of Eleganti canzoni ed arie italiane of the 17th century (Milan, 1894) and A Collection of Pieces for the Violin Composed by Italian Masters of the 17th and 18th Centuries (London; both with piano accompaniment by Torchi), from 1897 to 1907 he publ. the important anthology L’arte musicale in Italia.
C. Criscione, L. T.: Un musicologo italiano tra Otto e Novecento (Imola, 1997).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire