In 1975 Maestro Vittorio Gui donated his musical collection to the Rossini Foundation; it consists of over four thousand volumes relating to the major composers who lived between the 1600s and the early decades of the 1900s.

Maestro Gui was the forefather of the so-called Rossini-Renaissance which originated from the revival of the Italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Nuovo in Turin in 1925.

The Gui collection publications include almost all of the entire history of music from Palestrina to Wagner. Among these are the collected works of Palestrina, a rich section dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach and numerous volumes of Beethoven’s and Stravinksy’s compositions.

Many works are reduced for piano and vocal and there is also a large quantity of sheet music.

The collection also includes a part dedicated to Gioachino Rossini made up of about thirty operas, including Il barbiere di Siviglia, Semiramide, Le comte Ory, La Cenerentola and La donna del lago.