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A guide to library resources for French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba players.

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Ways to Browse for Brass Music

These are some of the call numbers for locating music for brass instruments in the UO Music Collection.  Using these, you can browse for performance repertoire, histories, and method books on the physical shelves, or browse by Library of Congress call numbers in LibrarySearch.

  • Unaccompanied Works    
  • M82: Music for solo horn
  • M92: Music for solo trombone
  • M87: Music for solo trumpet
  • M97: Music for solo tuba
  • M110: Music for solo euphonium
  • Solo Works with Piano Accompaniment    
  • M257: Music for horn and piano
  • M263: Music for trombone and piano
  • M261: Music for trumpet and piano
  • M265: Music for tuba and piano
  • M271: Music for baritone/euphonium and piano
  • Brass Chamber Music   
  • M288-M289: Brass duets (mixed and like-instrument)
  • M357: Brass trios (mixed and like-instrument)
  • M457-M459: Brass quartets (mixed and like-instrument)
  • M557: Brass quintets (mixed and like-instrument)
  • M657: Brass sextets (mixed and like-instrument)
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • MT426: Horn Excerpts
  • MT466: Trombone Excerpts
  • MT446: Trumpet Excerpts
  • MT486: Tuba Excerpts   
  • MT496.4: Baritone/Euphonium Excerpts
  • Instruction, Study, and History (Books)    
  • ML955: History of the Horn
  • ML965: History of the Trombone
  • ML960: History of the Trumpet
  • ML970: History of the Tuba
  • ML970: History of the Euphonium
  • Studies and Exercises (Teaching pieces and excerpts)
  • MT420: Horn
  • MT460: Trombone
  • MT440: Trumpet
  • MT480: Tuba   
  • MT480: Euphonium


These are some of the Library of Congress Subject Headings for locating music for brass instruments and literature about brass instruments in the UO Music Collection.  Using these, you can refine your searches in the library catalog, using the "subject" limiter.

Use the following subject headings to find scores and recordings:

Solo without accompaniment:

  • Brass instrument music [for unspecified brass instrument]
  • Horn music
  • Alto horn music
  • Trumpet music
  • Trombone music
  • Bass trombone music
  • Baritone music
  • Tuba music
  • Wagner tuba music
  • Euphonium music
  • Sonatas (Horn) [replace the instrument in parentheses with another instrument, e.g. "Sonatas (Tuba)"]
  • Suites (Trumpet)  [insert other instrument in parentheses, e.g. "Suites (Alto horn)"]
  • Additions to these headings:
    • Add (Jazz) to find jazz solos for a particular brass instrument, e.g. Euphonium music (Jazz)
    • Add (Rhythm and blues) to find rhythm & blues solos for a particular instrument, e.g. Trumpet music (Rhythm and blues)
    • Add Arranged to find music originally for a different instrument that has been arranged for brass, e.g. Tuba music, Arranged

Solo with accompaniment:

  • Trombone and organ music  [replace "trombone" with other brass instrument, replace "organ" with other keyboard instrument]
    • Trombone and organ music, Arranged
  • Sonatas (Horn and piano)  [replace "horn" with other brass instrument]
  • Suites (Trombone and piano)  [replace "trombone" with other brass instrument]
  • Trumpet with orchestra [replace "trumpet" with other brass instrument; replace "orchestra" with other ensemble]
    • Trumpet with orchestra--Solo with piano
    • Trumpet with orchestra, Arranged
    • Trumpet with string orchestra
    • Trumpet with wind ensemble
    • Trumpet with jazz ensemble


  • Baritone music (Baritones (2))
  • Horn music (Horns (2))
  • Trumpet music (Trumpets (2))
  • Trombone music (Trombones (2))
  • Tuba music (Tubas (2))
  • Euphonium music (Euphoniums (2))

Chamber ensembles (3-9 players):

  • Brass trios [examples with specific instrument combinations below]
    • Brass trios (Trumpets (3))
    • Brass trios (Serpents (3))
    • Brass trios (Horn, trumpet, trombone)
  • Brass quartets [examples with specific instrument combinations below]
    • Brass quartets (Baritone, flügelhorn, horn, trumpet)
    • Brass quartets (Tubas (4))
  • Brass quintets [examples with specific instrument combinations below]
    • Brass quintets (Alto horn, baritone, cornets (2), tuba) 
    • Brass quintets (Horn, trombone, trumpets (2), tuba) 
    • Brass quintets (Trombones (5))
  • Brass sextets [examples with specific instrument combinations below]
    • Brass sextets (Tubas (6))
    • Brass sextets (Trombones (3), trumpets (3)) 
  • Brass septets [examples with specific instrument combinations below]
    • Brass septets (Horns (7))
    • Brass septets (Horns (2), trombones (2), trumpets (2), tuba)
  • Brass octets [examples with specific instrument combinations below]
    • Brass octets (Trombones (4), trumpets (4))
  • Brass nonets

Large ensembles (10+ players)

  • Brass ensembles [mixed brass]
  • Wind ensembles [mixed brass and woodwinds]
  • Band music
  • Brass band music
  • Big band music
  • Horn ensembles [only horns]
  • Trumpet ensembles
  • Trombone ensembles
  • Tuba ensembles
  • Euphonium ensembles

Use the following subject headings to search for books ABOUT brass instrument history, pedagogy, methods, or players:

  • Brass instruments
    • Brass instrument mouthpieces
    • Brass instrument mutes
  • Horn (Musical instrument)
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Euphonium
  • Brass bands
  • Big bands
  • Add the following subdivisions to narrow the subject focus:
    • --Embouchure (E.g., "Euphonium--Embouchure")
    • --History and criticism  (E.g., "Horn (Musical instrument)--History and criticism")
    • --Instruction and study  (E.g., "Trumpet--Instruction and study")
    • --Methods  (E.g., "Trombone--Methods")
      • --Methods--Self-instruction
      • --Methods (Jazz)
    • --Orchestral excerpts  (E.g., "Horn (Musical instrument)--Orchestral excerpts")
    • --Periodicals (E.g., "Tuba--Periodicals")
    • --Studies and methods (E.g., "Alto horn--Studies and methods")
      • --Studies and methods (Jazz)
    • --Tuning (E.g. "Brass ensembles--Tuning")
    • --United States [or other country or continent]
    • --19th century [or other time period]
      • Time period subdivision can be combined with geographic subdivision, e.g. "Brass bands--United States--20th century"

To search for books or articles about brass players, search for the name of a specific musician as the subject, or try the following subject headings:

  • Brass instrument players
    • Add subdivision for specific country, e.g. Trombonists--Germany or Brass instrument players--Japan
  • Buglers
  • Cornet players
  • Horn players
  • Trumpet players
  • Trombonists
  • Tubists

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