The music, papers, iconography, three-dimensional materials, and books in the Toscanini Legacy papers represent the activities and interests of Arturo Toscanini, as well as certain related events occurring after his death. Most of the collection was assembled by Toscanini’s son, Walter. A few items were added after Walter Toscanini’s death in 1971 by his son, Walfredo, and sister, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz. The bulk of the collection falls between 1886 and 1967, the period from Arturo Toscanini’s professional conducting debut to the centennial of his birth. A letter concerning Toscanini’s maternal grandfather, numerous books and musical scores, and a few childhood photographs predate this period.
The Toscanini Legacy papers have been organized largely according to Walter Toscanini’s original plan. Musical scores and parts have been separated from biographical and archival materials. The musical materials are divided into eleven series, based on their size, original location (Toscanini maintained homes in both New York and Italy), rarity, and the presence or absence of annotations. Series A, B, F, and H through K consist of orchestral and piano-vocal scores, quarto size and larger, while Series C, D, and G constitute miniature orchestral scores, and Series E contains instrumental parts. Scores with Toscanini’s annotations (Series A, C, H, and J) reveal the extent to which the conductor modified the orchestration and other details of the works that he performed.
Content: In 17 series: A. Full-sized orchestral scores with Toscanini's annotations; B. Full-sized scores without markings, or with markings in hands other than Toscanini's; C. Miniature scores with Toscanini's annotations; D. Miniature scores without markings or with markings in hands other than Toscanini's; E. Orchestral parts; F. Large unmarked scores which duplicate other NYPL holdings; G. Unmarked miniature scores which duplicate other NYPL holdings; H. Full-sized orchestral scores from Italy with Toscanini's annotations; I. Full-sized orchestral scores from Italy without markings or with markings in hands other than Toscanini's; J. Rare music editions with Toscanini's annotations; K. Rare music editions without markings or with markings in hands other than Toscanini's; L. Correspondence, news clippings, programs, and miscellaneous papers; M. Iconography; N. Three-dimensional materials; O. Books, periodicals, and printed librettos; P. Catalogs (music publishers, auction houses, etc.); Q. Unframed posters.
Restriction: Series F and G are temporarily unavailable ; advance notice is required for access to Series O and P.
Extent: 330 linear ft. [89 linear ft. (358 boxes)]