Casa Musicale Sonzogno was established in 1874 by EDOARDO SONZOGNO, an enlightened figure who popularised culture in Italy and who founded the publishing empire that included the outstanding book publishing house (established by his grandfather Giovanni Battista in 1804), several periodicals of diverse types, as well as the daily newspaper with the widest circulation in Italy, “Il Secolo” – of radical and republican ideas.
He starts off the publication of two important music magazines, “Il Teatro Illustrato” and “La Musica Popolare” and, furthermore, launches a line of arrangements for piano of the best known operas, with a high circulation and at a low price.