Area of interest

«Polifonie. History and Theory of Choral Music» is the scholarly musicological journal of the Centro di Studi Guidoniani, published yearly by the “Guido d’Arezzo” Foundation.

Founded in 2001 by Francesco Luisi in the wake of the millennial celebrations of Guido d’Arezzo’s birth, it was relaunched with a New Series in 2019 with a new editorial board made of prominent international scholars, and a renewed commitment to the highest research and editorial standards.

«Polifonie» is devoted to the study of monophonic and polyphonic vocal music from the Middle Ages to the present day, within the Western art tradition and beyond. Its scope includes source-studies, palaeography, textual criticism, performance practice, music theory, music analysis, historical and archival studies, and interdisciplinary research in fields such as literature and art.

The journal aims at b the most recent research in these fields with the goal of offering a critical forum for fruitful exchanges among scholars, composers, choral conductors and singers.

It publishes articles in both Italian and English; all submissions are evaluated through a double-blind peer-review process.

«Polifonie» is available in print and online (open access) on this site. The journal is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0), with the seal “Approved for Free Cultural Works”. Under this license the authors retain the copyright and users are allowed to freely download the journal contents and to share and reuse them in compliance with copyright law, provided that appropriate credit is given along with a link to the license, and that any textual adjustments are clearly marked.

Control system

«Polifonie» adopts the double-blind peer-review process. Each article is evaluated anonymously by two reviewers, one from the advisory board, and the other external to it. Their assessment is reported to the author in writing.

Proposals should be sent via email to:

Ethical code

The overarching mission of «Polifonie» is to promote and distribute scholarly research. All subjects involved in the publication process—directors, editors, members of the scientific committee, authors [??? a me sembra però che il COPE non regoli il comportamento degli autori] and reviewers—are assumed to adhere to the code of ethical behaviors as articulated in the Code of Conduct and Best Practices: Guidelines for Journal Editors by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) [link]


Open access

«Polifonie» is an Open Access journal, in line with its objective of promoting and distributing scholary research.