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Woodwind Instruments Guide

A guide to print and electronic resources related to woodwind instruments at the Jones Music 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.   For comprehensive repertoire lists for ensembles, see the 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:

  • Bassoon music
  • Clarinet and oboe music






Ensembles of more than two brass instruments, will typically be under the subect "Woodwind" followed by the genre term (quintets, quartets) and instrumentation

  • Woodwind trios
  • Woodwind quartets (bassoon, oboe, clarinet, saxophone)

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.


Important Call Numbers

The following tables outline important call numbers for solo and ensemble repertoire for woodwind instruments.

  Flute Oboe Clarinet Bassoon
Orchestral excerpts M 60.5 M 65.5 M 70.5 M 75.5
Solos and etudes M 60-64 M 65-69 M 70-74 M 75-79
Solos with piano M 240-244 M 245-247 M 248-252 M 253-254
Concertos/full orchestra M 1020-1021 M 1022-1023 M 1024-1025 M 1026-1027
Concertos/string orchestra M 1120-1121 M 1122-1123 M 1124-1125 M 1126-1127

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.