Claudio Sartori (Brescia, 1st April 1913 - Milan 11th March 1994),
Claudio Sartori was born in Brescia, Italy, on 1st April 1913.
He studied piano and literature, two activities he loved his whole life. He went to University and graduated with a dissertation in history of music, an uncommon subject at the time.
He started his career as a librarian in a school in Bologna in 1939. Here Sartori started to develop his interest for musical sources and he published several articles on musicology.
During World War II he joined the Italian Resistance Movement, he was imprisoned by the SS and then released in 1945.
After the war, Sartori started a career as a journalist in Milan writing for the newspaper ‘Popolo di Milano’. In the following years he worked as musicologist, journalist and music critic.
In 1947, Sartori was appointed to the library of the ‘Conservatorio’ in Milan. From this moment on, Sartori devoted himself to the research in musicology. His efforts were concentrated on the cataloguing of the musical sources, which, in his opinion, was the paramount priority in musicology.
Sartori managed to obtain the support and cooperation of tenth of correspondents and was thus able to collect an impressive amount of data from Italian libraries.
Since 1955, Sartori was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Musical Libraries / Association internationale des bibliothèques musicaux (IAML / AIBM).
In 1959 he was appointed to the Biblioteca nazionale Braidense in Milan, where, few years later, in 1965, together with Mariangela Donà, he founded the ‘Ufficio Ricerca Fondi Musicali’ (URFM), which he directed until his retirement. With all the data collected through the URFM, Sartori completed three works of the highest value: the bibliography of printed Italian instrumental music before 1700, the ‘Nuovo Vogel’ and the majestic ‘Catalogo dei libretti italiani a stampa’ or ‘Catalogo Sartori’.
His daily hard work was interrupted only in occasion of his appointments as visiting professor in American Universities: Buffalo in 1965 and Los Angeles in 1969.
Sartori died in Milan on 11th March 1994. His contribution to musicology is highly remarkable and it is the result of his energy, hard work and passion.
‘I libretti Italiani a stampa dalle origini al 1800. Catalogo analitico con 16 indici’, published by Bertola & Locatelli between 1990 and 1994, is his major and last work.