Scope and arrangement
The musical scores and parts in the Toscanini Legacy represent works that were part of Arturo Toscanini's repertoire, as well as compositions sent to him by admirers, and other pieces that simply caught his interest. The scores include symphonic compositions, chamber works, ballets, operas, and solo pieces, ranging from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Several scores -- for example, Puccini's La fanciulla del West and Barber's Symphony in One Movement -- contain the composers' own markings in addition to Toscanini's. Many others are first editions, including those of Lully's Acis et Galatée, Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Beethoven's Symphony no. 9. There are numerous facsimiles of autograph scores, including photographs of rare sketches and drafts for Verdi's Otello. The Toscanini Legacy also features the collected works of several composers. These unmarked volumes, which duplicate the New York Public Library's own holdings, are unavailable for study.
The The Toscanini Legacy papers are arranged in twenty-four series: