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Il Trovatore

(Milan; Turin, 1854-1910)

RIPM Preservation Series: European and North American Music Periodicals (2017)

Publishers: Milan, Turin: 1854-1877, 1905-1910; Milan: Edoardo Sonzogno, 1877-1904

Directors: Marcelliano Marcello, Carlo G. Brosovich, Gaetano Buldrini, P.E. Francesconi

Printers: Milan: Fratelli Steffenone, 1855;
Turin: Tip. Nazionale di G. Bianccardi, 1856;
Turin: Tipografia Economica Deretta da Barera, 1857;
Turin: Pelazza, Tipografia Economica, 1857;
Turin: Tipografia del Fischietto, 1858;
Turin: Tip. Letteraria, 1859;
Milan: Giuseppe Redaelli, 1860-1867;
Milan: Società Chiusi e Rechiedei, 1867-1868;
Milan: Fratelli Rechiedei, 1868-1870, 1874-1876, 1882;
Milan: Società Cooperativa, 1871-1872;
Milan, Rome: Società cooperativa fra tipografi, 1872;
Milan: E. Sonzogno, 1877;
Milan: Tip. Sociale, E. Reggiani e C., 1883-1886;
Milan: A. Giuliani, 1887;
Milan: P.B. Bellini e C., 1887-1898;
Milan: Tip. Elzeviriana di Guidetti e Mondini, 1899-1901;
Milan: G. Martinelli e C., 1902;
Milan: A. Piazza, 1903-1907;
Milan: Poligrafia Italiana, Soc. An., 1908-1910

Periodicity: Weekly

"Il Trovatore, theatrical, literary, artistic newspaper, with caricatures and illustrations, born in 1854, directed by Carlo Brosovich. It is published every Friday in 12 large pages in 3 columns. A theatrical agency is attached to the newspaper. The illustrations are by Camillo, Dalsani, Teja and Vespa. It is a very popular newspaper, one of the best of its kind, and is written with a lot of spirit. Circulation 2000 copies."

Nicola Bernardini, Guida della stampa periodica Italiana. R. Tipografia editrice salentina dei fratelli Spacciante (1890): 526-27. 

Translation of: “Il Trovatore, Giornale teatrale, letterario, artistico, con caricature ed illustrazioni, nato nel 1854, diretto da Carlo Brosovich. Si pubblica ogni venerdì in 12 pagine grandi a 3 colonne. Al giornale è annessa un’agenzia teatrale. Le illustrazioni sono di Camillo, Dalsani, Teja e Vespa. È giornale molto diffuso, uno dei migliori del genere e redatto con molto spirito. Tiratura 2000 copie.”

“A broader range of music journals -- some perhaps better referred to as magazines -- also began to be established after Unification. In the cases where such publications were not sponsored by music publishers, the tended to be run by other parties with a commercial interest in the opera industry, most notably music agents: well-known agency journals included the titles Il Trovatore… Presumably such periodicals were read largely by those employing performers and the singers themselves, rather than by audience members, but they provide useful information for the historian writing about the lifestyle of jobbing singers or concerned with the statistics of opera production.”

Alexandra Wilson, “Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century Italy” in The Cambridge History of Music Criticism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2019): 195.