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Brass Instruments Guide


Important Call Numbers

Use the following tables to find call numbers for solo and ensemble music for brass instruments.

  Horn Trumpet Trombone Tuba
Solos and etudes M 80-84 M 85-89 M 90-94 M 95-99
Orchestral excerpts M 80.5 M 85.5 M 90.5 M 95.5
Solo with piano M 255-259 M 260-261 M 262-263 M 264-265
Duets (any 2 brass instruments) M 289.4 M 289.4 M 289.4 M 289.4
Concertos/full orchestra M 1028-1029 M 1030-1031 M 1032-1033 M 1034 T79 - M 1035 T79
Concertos/string orchestra M 1128-1129   M 1132-1133 M 1134 T79 - M 1135 T79


TRIOS M 357.7; M 358-59 - may include woodwinds
QUARTETS M 457.7; M 458-59 - may include woodwinds
QUINTETS M 557.4; M 558-59 - may include woodwinds
SEXTETS M 657.4; M 658-59 - may include woodwinds
SEPTETS M 757.4; M 758-59 - may include woodwinds
OCTETS M 857.4; M 858-59 - may include woodwinds
NONETS M 957.4; M 958-59 - may include woodwinds

The Orchestra Musician's CD Library

Complete sets of original orchestral parts and full scores from the great symphonic and operatic repertoire are available on CD-ROM in the Jones Music Library.  Sheet music pages may be printed out or downloaded.   For a complete list of parts,  see the OPAL Library catalog record for the The orchestra musician's CD-ROM library.

Searching the Library Catalog for Scores

To locate printed music for a specific instrumentation, you may use the subject search in the OPAL Catalog.   Each resource has been tagged with specific subject headings that describe its content. Bibliographies & Repertoire Guides tab in this guide. 

Subject headings for printed music typically use the name of the instrument(s) followed by the word music (e.g. piano music, flute music)  To find duets for two distinct instruments, use the the following form:

  • Trumpet music
  • Tuba and violin music

Duets of the same instrument will be listed under the name of the instrument, followed by the word "music."  Ensembles of more than two brass instruments, will typically be under the subect "Brass" followed by the genre term (quintets, quartets) and instrumentation

  • Trumpet music -- Trumpets 2
  • Brass Trios Horn Trombone Trumpet
  • Brass Quintets (Trumpets 5)

Call Numbers

Books and printed music are arranged according to the Library of Congress' Classification System. The library has circulating and non-circulating (reference) collections. Each collection is divided in to three sections.

  • M = Printed music/scores (organized by instrument/genre)
  • ML = Books about music and musicians
  • MT = Books on music theory, pedagogy, and technique

The Jones Music Library has distinct collections for music education and music therapy resources.  A complete description of the library's collections may be found here.

Classical Scores Online

There are a wide variety of public domain scores available on the Internet.   The Loeb Music Library at Harvard University provides a more comprehensive list of digital scores collections available on the web.    This is a list of more substantial collections.