The Società Italiana di Musicologia was founded in Milan, at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, on February 29, 1964, as an ideal continuation of the earlier Associazione dei Musicologi Italiani (1908-1942). Guglielmo Barblan was its first elected chairperson. Its first two years were devoted to launching two publications: its house organ, the Rivista Italiana di Musicologia (RIdM), followed by a series called Quaderni della Rivista Italiana di Musicologia.
RIdM has been published half-yearly since. It was first issued in 1966 by Olschki, with funding from the Accademia Chigiana, Sienna. Its structure, hosting essays and reviews, has remained virtually unchanged. Some issues contain a news section on SIdM activity and other events of scholarly relevance. RIdM has been uninterruptedly going on since 1966, albeit with occasional delays and single yearly — rather than half-yearly — issues.
The history of SIdM is documented in an essay by Bianca Maria Antolini (on this site) and in Paola Besutti’s essay, 40 anni di storia della RIdM (in Italian).


Read SIdM History in Italian