Repertory Guides (ML 128, 1100)


Brass Literature

          General
          French Horn - See Below
          Trumpet- See Below
          Trombone- See Below
          Tuba- See Below


Anderson, Paul G. Brass Solo and Study Material Music Guide.

Fasman, Mark J. Brass Bibliography; Sources on the History, Literature, Pedagogy Performance, and Acoustics of Brass Instruments.

Horne, Aaron. Brass Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography.
         See Annotated Bibliographies by Topic—African-American Music and Musicians

Thompson, Mark, et al. French Music for Low Brass Instruments.


Anderson, Paul G. Brass Solo and Study Material Music Guide. Evanston, Wyoming: Instrumentalist Co., 1976. Mus Ref ML 128 .W5 A6

Use: For introducing the musician to the body of research materials available for specific brass instruments. Listings diverse and per brass instrument (see coverage).

Coverage: International listings for all brass instruments. Includes etudes, excerpts, methods, technique/special studies, concertos, sonatas, solos with various accompaniment and unaccompanied solos.

Organization: Divided into two main sections. The first section is a listing arranged by instrument and performance categories (trumpet etudes, trumpet excerpts, trumpet methods, etc.). Information in each entry includes the composer or arranger, title, and publisher code. An alphabetized listing of publisher codes provides names and addresses. Most titles are given in the language used in the publishers’ catalogs. The second section is a composer index that lists each composer’s works alphabetically. Information in this section provides the composer’s name, title, and category code. The category code refers the reader to the corresponding entry located in the first section of the book. Titles with more than one composer are listed only under the first name appearing.

Pros: Good starting point for introduction to sources of information on brass instruments, their music and other related materials.

Cons: Poorly organized (limited/no contact information, no indexes and etc.) Badly dated by other sources and technology.

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Fasman, Mark J. Brass Bibliography; Sources on the History, Literature, Pedagogy Performance, and Acoustics of Brass Instruments. Bloomington, Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1990. Mus Ref ML 128 .W5 F3 1990

Use: Comprehensive bibliography of sources related to brass instruments. Intended primarily as an extension of the series of classified bibliographies published by Mary Rasmussen in Brass Quarterly, a project terminated in 1962.

Coverage: Covers period from 1820 to 1988, with a few entries that date from the late eighteenth century. Works are included based on the following criteria:
1). Must be prose writing in book, journal, or dissertation form. Does not include reviews and most regular feature articles.
2). Appears in one or more of the following sources:
Rasmussen bibliographies as published in Brass Quarterly
Music Index
, 1962-January 1988
RILM Abstracts, 1967-1975
Catalog of the New York Public Library Music Collection
Adkins and Dickinson, Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology (1984)
T.U.B.A. Journal
T.U.B.A. Newsletter
The Horn Call
ITA Journal
ITG Journal
3.) Written in English, German, French, or Italian

Organization: Divided into four general categories: Reference and Research Materials; History and Music Literature; Pedagogy, Study and Technique; Acoustics and Construction. Each of these four general categories are further subdivided into 39 specific headings. Entries encompassing several subjects are listed under all appropriate headings. Listings within each subcategory are alphabetized by author and provide bibliographic citation. Contains index to authors and subjects. Listings are consecutively numbered, and index references are to those numbers.

Pros: Useful for either browsing by topic or for locating specific authors and subjects in the index.

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Thompson, Mark, et al. French Music for Low Brass Instruments. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994. Mus Ref ML 128 .B75 T47 1994

Use: For evaluation of the body of existing French literature for trombone. Repertoire study, concert planning and etc. A great reference to have on hand for students.

Coverage: French music published or unpublished currently on record at the Paris Conservatory. Music for tenor/bass trombone, tuba and bass saxhorn. Instrument specific and limited genres.

Organization: Compositions grouped by author organized in the traditional fashion. Tessitura, difficulty ratings, and other keys provided. Listings may contain total measures, brief annotations, tempo markings and publisher/contact information.

Pros: Carefully constructed references/use of space.

Cons: Title is somewhat deceiving, as this reference deals mostly with music produced at the National Conservatory dubbed “Superior Music of Paris.”

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           Trumpet


Alphonse LeDuc. Musique pour Cor.

Alphonse LeDuc. Musique pour Trompette.

Cansler, Philip T. Twentieth-Century Music for Trumpet and Organ.

Carnovale, Norbert A. and Paul F. Doerksen, eds. Twentieth Century Music for Trumpet and Orchestra, 2d ed.

Collver, Michael. A Catalog of Music for the Cornett.

Erdmann, Thomas R. An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to the Published Trumpet Music of Sigmund Hering.

Hiller, Albert. Music for Trumpets from Three Centuries (c. 1600 - after 1900): Compositions for 1-24 (Natural) Trumpets with and without Timpani.

Lowrey, Alvin. Lowrey’s International Trumpet Discography, 2 vols.
         See Discographies


Alphonse LeDuc. Musique pour Cor. Paris: Alphonse LeDuc, 1990. Mus Ref ML 145 .L34 H6 1990

Use: For introducing a musician to the compositions, etudes and method book available through Alphonse LeDuc. A thematic incipit reference for finding music or basic repertoire research.

Coverage: Mostly French music for horn published by Alphonse LeDuc to 1990. Does not include music of other publishers.

Organization: Photographic reductions (incipits) of actual scores organized by composer. Included etudes, studies, solo works and more. Some title pages and preface/introduction materials included. Preface translated into English, French, German and Japanese.

Pros: Incipits are exact facsimile inclusions (photo reductions).

Cons: Many of the listings contained within the reference are out of print. Badly dated.

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Alphonse LeDuc. Musique pour Trompette. Paris: Alphonse LeDuc, 1990. Mus Ref ML 145 .L34 T7 1960

Use: For introducing a musician to the compositions, etudes and method book available through Alphonse LeDuc. A thematic incipit reference for finding music or basic repertoire research.

Coverage: French music for trumpet published by Alphonse LeDuc to 1960. Does not include music printed by other publishers.

Organization: Photographic reductions of actual scores organized by composer. Included etudes, studies, solo works and more. Some title pages and preface/introduction materials included. Preface translated into English, French and German.

Pros: Incipits are exact facsimile inclusions (photo reductions).

Cons: Many of the listings contained within the reference are out of print. Extremely Dated (1960).

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Cansler, Philip T. Twentieth-Century Music for Trumpet and Organ. Nashville, Tennessee: The Brass Press, 1984. Mus Ref ML 128 .T78 C32 1984

Use: To introduce the trumpeter to the body of literature available for solo trumpet and organ (works for two trumpets and greater plus organ not listed).

Coverage: International listings of works for solo trumpet and organ. Most entries have been published and are readily available. Does not include works for greater than one trumpet and organ. Includes most trumpet works published to date (1984).

Organization: By author, with extensive annotations. Range of piece, tessitura, difficulty and availability/contact information included. Compositions also organized by grade level and nationality (these listings are brief and contain only composer/title information). The author has indicated that supplements of this text are to be issued on a regular basis, as soon as a sufficient number of additions are acquired.

Pros: This carefully constructed reference is easy to use, and makes good use of space and annotations. Multiple search techniques (index, table of contents and etc).

Cons: In need of addendum or supplement.

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Carnovale, Norbert A. and Paul F. Doerksen, eds. Twentieth Century Music for Trumpet and Orchestra, 2d ed. Brass Research Series, no. 13. Nashville, Tennessee: The Brass Press, 1994. Mus Ref ML 128 .T78 C34 1994

Use: Intended as an annotated bibliography of the music from the twentieth century written for trumpet and orchestra.

Coverage: Does not include orchestral works featuring ensembles with trumpets, or pieces written in a “popular” style or exclusively in the jazz idiom. Band arrangements of twentieth-century orchestral works are noted where appropriate. The trumpet and cornet are treated synonymously.

Organization: Organized into three categories: Solo Trumpet and Orchestra, Multiple Trumpets and Orchestra, and Miscellaneous Combinations with Solo Trumpet and Orchestra. Entries within each section are arranged alphabetically by composer. Information in each entry includes the composer’s name, nationality, and dates, title of the work, year of composition or copyright, and dates of publication. A description of each piece includes its graded level of difficulty from I to VI, range, and timing. Also includes a recommended list of sources of up-to-date information concerning the availability of works cited, and a bibliography of sources.

Pros: Description of the level of difficulty, range, and timing of each piece is very useful for music teachers selecting music appropriate for varying levels of students’ abilities.

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Collver, Michael. A Catalog of Music for the Cornett. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996. Mus Ref ML 128 .C86 C6 1996

Use: Repertoire study, research or other scholarly pursuits with regard to the cornett (cornetto). For locating/identifying performable works for the cornett.

Coverage: All extant music produced between 1580 to 1700. Includes modern publications, library collections of original music, reproductions, autographs and etc.

Organization: By author. Listings may include instrumentation, annotations and contact information. Contains composer and text incipit index. A typical “sheet music guide” for lack of a better term.

Pros: Detailed information relating to each listing. Statistical information regarding production of cornett music during the last three centuries.

Cons: Possible confusion between cornett/cornetto (historical instrument) and cornet (modern valved instrument).

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Erdmann, Thomas R. An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to the Published Trumpet Music of Sigmund Hering. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1997. Mus Ref ML 134 .H46 E72 1997

Use: For locating specific pedagogical material (see coverage) produced by Sigmund Hering.

Coverage: Limited to pedagogical materials/music produced by Sigmund Hering. Method books, etudes or solos. Includes all works known to have been produced.

Organization: Alphabetized by pedagogical subject (i.e. Balance, Body, Breathing, Daily Routine and etc).

Pros: A definitive reference to the collected works. Unique subject oriented approach with extensive annotations (very useful as a pedagogical aid).

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Hiller, Albert. Music for Trumpets from Three Centuries (c. 1600 - after 1900): Compositions for 1-24 (Natural) Trumpets with and without Timpani.With a preface by Edward H. Tarr. Cologne Music Series, no. 1-3. Cologne: Wolfgang G. Hass-Musikverlag, 1993. Mus Ref ML 128 .T28 H55 1993

Use: Intended as a professional guide to the repertoire for trumpet ensemble from the seventeenth century through the nineteenth century.

Coverage: Contains a listing of all known compositions for 1-24 natural trumpets with and without timpani.

Organization: Divided into three main sections that cover the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, respectively. Entries include the name of the composer, title of the work, instrumentation, publisher, musical incipit, brief biography of the composer, and a description of the work. The concluding portion of the book contains a brief discussion of the historical natural trumpet; a synopsis of works cited categorized by instrumentation, century, and composer; an index of composers; and iconographic material.

Pros: Musical incipits are helpful in identifying familiar works, and also provide a clearer understanding of the lesser-known works cited.

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           Trombone


Evertt, Thomas G. Annotated Guide to Bass Trombone Literature.


Evertt, Thomas G. Annotated Guide to Bass Trombone Literature. Nashville, Tennessee: The Brass Press, 1985. Mus Ref ML 128 .T76 E9 1985

Use: To introduce the bass trombonist to the body of literature or materials related to their instrument. Repertoire study/research.

Coverage: Primarily solo material for bass trombone, produced internationally. Listings are identified as published, no private or non-published works listed. Methods, solo works, excerpts and etc from classical to jazz/popular music.

Organization: Typical sheet music reference organization. Works listed by author only. No additional index/genre listing given.

Cons: Badly dated (literature is being added to quickly for such a source to remain definitive). Does not include private holdings/rental music or unpublished materials.

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           Tuba


Morris, R. Winston, ed. The Tuba Source Book.


Morris, R. Winston, ed. The Tuba Source Book. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996. Mus Ref ML 128 T8 T8 1996

Use: As a starting point for repertoire study/research. For the more advanced student to gain insight and a proper perspective as to the depth of tuba resources.

Coverage: International listings of anything related to tuba. References include compositions, methods, excerpts, recommendations of repertoire, discographies and some bibliographies. Listings may include small musical examples. A “first stop” for young players, and a good reference for the more experienced.

Organization: By subject, with detailed subdivisions where needed (as per genre, source or nature of reference).

Pros: Provides a solid foundation for enumerating amount and substantiality of tuba repertoire. A brief, but informative, historical introduction.

Cons: Becoming dated.

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