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How to browse for saxophone music and literature

These are some of the call numbers for locating music for saxophone, and literature about the saxophone, 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

M 107: Music for solo saxophone


  • Solo works with accompaniment

M 268-269: Music for saxophone and piano

M 298, 685: Music for saxophone and percussion

M 1035: Concertos for saxophone with orchestra

M 1135: Concertos for saxophone with strings

M 1206: Concertos for saxophone with wind ensemble


  • Chamber works

M 288-289: Saxophone duets (2 saxophones)

M 357.2: Saxophone trios

M 457.2, 459: Saxophone quartets

M 557.2, 559: Saxophone quintets

M 657.2, 659: Saxophone sextets

M 757.2, 759: Saxophone septets

         M 1245: Saxophone choir music (10+ players)


  • Instruction, study, and history (books)

MT 500, 502, 505: Methods books for saxophone

MT 506: Orchestral excerpts for saxophone

ML 975: History of Saxophone 

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

To find method books, instruction books, and orchestral excerpts for auditions, try these subject terms:

Saxophone-- Methods

Saxophone-- Orchestral excerpts

Saxophone-- Studies and exercises


To find music for unaccompanied solo saxophone, try:

Saxophone music

Saxophone music-- Bibliography

Saxophone music-- Discography

Sonatas (Saxophone)

Suites (Saxophone)

Variations (Saxophone)

Canons, fugues, etc. (Saxophone)

Alto Saxophone music

Bass Saxophone music


To find music for solo saxophone with keyboard accompaniment, try:

Saxophone and piano music

Sonatas (Saxophone and piano)

Suites (Saxophone and piano)

Saxophone and keyboard instrument music

Saxophone and piano music-- 20th century

Saxophone and percussion music


To find music for multiple saxophones, try:

Saxophone music (Saxophones (2))

Woodwind Trios (Saxophones (3))

Woodwind Quartets (Saxophones (4))

Saxophone Choir Music


To find books and music for specific saxophone voices, try:

Alto saxophone

Baritone saxophone

Bass saxophone

Contrabass saxophone

Sopranino saxophone

Soprano saxophone

Subcontrabass saxophone

Tenor saxophone


To find books about the saxophone and its repertoire,  try:


Saxophone-- History

Saxophone-- Mouthpieces

Saxophone-- Reeds 

Saxophone music-- Bibliography

Saxophone music-- History and criticism


Saxophonists-- United States

Saxophonists-- Biography

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