Repertory Guides (ML 128, 1100)
Use: Intended to draw attention to significant repertoire for wind instruments and to consolidate previously scattered biographical information.
Coverage: Identifies chamber music works that include wind instruments and larger-scale works that feature a part for a concertante wind instrument. Includes titles no longer available in current publishers’ catalogues. Arrangements are almost entirely excluded, except for certain transcriptions. Attempts to represent all countries whose composers have contributed “interesting” published material.
Organization: Titles are organized by performance categories and listed chronologically. Each category begins with a description of the performance medium, followed by recommendations from reviews in music periodicals, various types of musical literature, and the author’s personal impressions. Also contains a bibliography, a list of music publishers and addresses, an index of composers, an instrumentation index, and a general index.
Pros: Chronological listing of titles provides a useful overall picture of the repertoire for each performance medium.
Cons: Format makes it difficult to scan quickly for information.
Uses: Useful as an aid for selection of music for various ensembles and woodwind quintet, and for locating the literature and its publisher through libraries.
Coverage: Provides adequate start for research on literature of the woodwind quintet. Badly outdated, only current to 1971.
Organization: Main body consists of alphabetical listing of composers with their works. Also lists publishers alphabetically. Organized systematically to provide combinations of ensembles. Contains a brief addenda of additional information since publication.
Pros: Gives birth dates, but not all death dates of composers. Contains guide to abbreviations for publishers, colleges/universities and libraries.
Cons: Not all publishers included. Not all compositions included were evaluated before being added. Contains some conflicting data and misspellings. Some works are listed with more than one title. Accuracy of research tool is questionable.
Use: Indicates popular woodwind quintet literature that would be helpful in building the repertoire of a beginning quintet as well as new works (as of 1990) that could complement the programs of seasoned groups.
Coverage: The quintets included were chosen by survey administered by the author to quintets throughout the United States. Quintets were asked for the “successful works” they performed in the last two years.
Organization: Article includes an explanation of the process used to select the literature listed. Survey is listed alphabetically by composer. The number of times each entry was suggested in the survey is indicated in parentheses. Entries include composer, title, opus number, publisher, and occasionally give comments sent in from quintets who have recently performed the work.
Pros: Includes some unpublished works.
Cons: Subjective in coverage.
Use: Brief survey of woodwind literature. Designed as a handbook for students, teachers, and librarians in acquiring a basic collection of woodwind music.
Coverage: Prominent genres represented, including mixed chamber music and methods. Traditional Western music only from Baroque to contemporary.
Organization: Organized by instrument: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, and Recorder. Solos come first for each instrument, then ensembles, methods/studies, and mixed chamber works. Citations include title, publisher, and year of publication. Includes a discography and a bibliography of basic woodwind history and literature.
Pros: Contains instructional, critical prose concerning the use of specified literature.
Cons: Material is out-dated. Not extensive.
Uses: Lists works of various piano and woodwind quintet combinations. Useful for exploring repertoire possibilities.
Coverage: Lists works that are in print and readily available. Current as of 1996.
Organization: Entries presented in five categories: Two Winds with Piano, Three Winds with Piano, Four Winds with Piano, Five Winds with Piano, and Woodwind Quintet. Composition listings are arranged on three lines. First line gives composer name, country, and birth date. Second lists composition name, arranger, and date written. Third details publisher and performance information: instrument list, length, recording. At end of book, a selective bibliography, composer index, and addresses of music publishers and record companies.
Pros: Current. Descriptive information given with many entries.
Cons: Cluttered typographical layout. Not exhaustive.
Use: Bibliography of wind ensemble music. “Wind ensemble” is defined as the modern orchestral wind section (2-18 instruments; i.e. Eastman Wind Ensemble).
Coverage: Wind ensemble music is covered; this excludes large concert and military band music. Small ensemble (chamber) music is excluded as well. The authors believe to have included 90% of the international early repertoire, admitting to exclusions in the former Soviet Union.
I- Main Composer Sequence: listed by composer or arranger; location and shelfmarks included whenever possible.
II- Anonymous Works: alphabetical by geographic area
III- Arrangements: listed by the composer arranged (not by arranger).
Preface includes detailed library information and Archive Sigla
Appendix of alternative Opera and Ballet titles
Pros: High percentage of primary sources(manuscipts). Includes shelfmarks when possible, modern editions of early works, and multiple versions of the same work (i.e.arrangements of Ballet or Opera).
Use: General research on the origins of the wind ensemble, its place in the musical communities of Europe and America. Location of either arrangements or original compositions for wind ensemble. For finding out about wind ensembles.
Coverage: Compositions arranged or printed in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia, Iberia, Distant Empires, America and other English speaking countries. One may find publishing information, recordings of said, and referential annotations. All country’s not included.
Organization: Brief history of the wind ensemble in the form of an introduction. Alphabetized list by composer, followed by a listing of their works. Additional information on the formation of the wind band. Some inclusions about wind ensembles (chamber music).
Pros: Information presentation is exceptional (succinct history/overview).
Cons: Covers both a historical/bibliographical perspective that is hard to follow. Listings are not comprehensive. Some confusion between wind band and chamber music. No indication as to compositions availability. Information lacks consistency.
Use: Extensive catalog of woodwind music in print. Includes both study materials and solos. Helpful for teachers and performers in identifying publishers of particular works.
Coverage: Solo and study repertoire only. Literature spans from Baroque to present. Does not contain non-Western citations.
Organization: Sections arranged in the following order: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone. Citations contain composer, title, instrumentation, and publisher. Index by composer and Publisher's Codes following main body of book.
Pros: Relatively up-to-date.
Cons: No commentary; strictly a list of pieces. Limited representation of important chamber works.
Howell, Thomas. The
Avant-Garde Flute: A Handbook for Composers and Flutists.
See Annotated Bibliographies—Miscellaneous
Uses: Useful for identifying works by women composers that are performed seldom, and for discovering the quantity, variety, and scope of womens’ work in music.
Coverage: Includes composers from over 40 countries and three centuries. Compiler wanted to include every piece she could find, which means that not all information is there for each entry. Included unpublished works and composers addresses as well, to further performance of womens music. Not updated since 1988.
Organization: Organized alphabetically by composer last name with birth and death dates and short biographical information which may list places of study, degrees held, major teachers, activities, awards, and works. Works include the title, and may include year completed, instrumentation, duration, publisher, year published, commentary, and recording label. Also includes instrumental index, title index, directory of composers for obtaining information on unpublished works, and bibliography for further reading.
Pros: Contains publisher name list for locating works published as well as works available in manuscript form. Contains some first-hand information from personal correspondence with composers. Provides reference numbers for easy access to the international library computer network (OCLC) and Library of Congress Catalogs (LC) or National Union Catalog (NUC).
Cons: Information (ie. dates) not always complete. Book is only accurate up to 1988 and needs more current publication and composition information.
Use: Specialized bibliography of Italian Baroque solo sonatas. Useful for surveying and locating lesser-known works.
Coverage: Focus on 18th century works. Limited to solo sonatas for recorder and flute by Italian composers.
Organization: First section, Eighteenth Century Editions and Manuscripts, is arranged according to composer. Entries include details such as dedications, advertisements, as well as some biographical information and footnotes. Second section lists modern editions alphabetically by composer. Bibliography found at end of book, followed by index of composers.
Pros: Includes locations of both manuscripts and editions and their library catalog numbers. Also contains a survey of modern editions.
Cons: Works in manuscript form are considerably under-represented.
Pellerite, James J. A Handbook of Literature for the Flute: A Compilation of Graded Method Materials, Solos, and Ensemble Music for Flutes, revised, 3rd ed. Bloomington, Indiana: Zalo Publications, 1978. Mus Ref ML 128 .F7 P4 1978
Uses: An extensive guide to flute repertoire. Provides a graded system for defining difficulty levels. Helpful for knowing what to teach students.
Coverage: Includes only the compositions that were available to the author. Literature is included from beginning to virtuosic levels. Compositions listed are mostly those in print and available for purchase from a publisher. Includes all types of music (18th century and 19th century as well as avant-garde). The pieces chosen tend to be more popular in the United States than elsewhere.
Organization: Divided into several sections, which include: Daily Exercises, Etudes and Methods; Solos, Unaccompanied; Collections: Flute and Piano; Solos, Flute and Piano/Harpsichord; Piccolo: Studies, Etudes and Methods; Piccolo: Solos, Unaccompanied and with Keyboard; Alto Flute: Solos, Unaccompanied and with Keyboard; Bass Flute: Solos; Flute and Electronics; Reference Materials; Duets; Trios; Quartets; Flute Choir; Ensembles with Piccolo; Ensembles with Alto Flute; Ensembles with Bass Flute; Orchestral Studies; and Flute Solos with Band. Each section is divided into grade of difficulty, then listed according to composer in alphabetical order. Each entry lists the composer, a rating, the publisher, and comments. An index of authors and composers is at the end.
Pros: Provides publisher addresses, U.S. agents, and locations of the few manuscripts sources included which can be secured through the composers or libraries. Gives extensive information on each work, including performance notes with positives and negatives.
Cons: Is not up-to-date (current only to 1978) and would be useful with an addition for the last 28 years of flute music.
Uses: A list for performers with which they can find publication information and lists of pieces for any instrumentation that includes the flute.
Coverage: According to Pierreuse, no criteria was used in creating this list. Lists flute pieces that were originally for the recorder, variations on the 19th century airs, and transcriptions used in the US that are not used as much in Europe, as well as flute pieces that were originally written for flute. It catalogs pieces composed and published up to the year 1980.
Organization: Main body consists of listing by instrumental groupings, then alphabetical by composer. Contains works for 1-13 instruments, works with orchestra, and flute choir works. Works include opus number, date composed, and number of edition. Includes index to composers/authors, key to publishers/editors with contact information, and an international guide to libraries.
Cons: Not current. Does not give full birth and death dates or provide any biographical information on composers or pieces. Difficulty levels of music not provided.
Uses: Helpful for locating flute works by composer and title.
Coverage: Current to 1989. Includes information on composer, work, nationality of composer, year published, and publisher access information.
Organization: Arranged by composer last name, followed by listing of works and instrumentation. Contains subject headings index by medium pointing to composer and title of work. Entries may contain duration of piece or added performance notes.
Pros: Provides full name of composer, and contact information for Interlibrary Loan. Gives location of publishers and date published. Most recent material may not be available for circulation. Bibliographic details for listings vary in quality and completeness.
Cons: No annotations or birth and death dates included.
Use: An extensive guide to the flute and flute playing. Appropriate for examining the history of the flute as well as the wealth of flute literature composed through the ages.
Coverage: Traces flute literature from the Baroque to Modern era. Largely European and American music cited. Contains a diversity of solo and chamber genres.
Organization: Divided into four main sections: The Instrument, Performance, The Music, and Repertoire Catalog. Repertoire Catalog is arranged in parts by era (Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Modern). Each part lists literature by composer and includes instrumentation and publisher. Six appendices cover additional topics such as Flute Manufacturers (with phone and address), Repair Shops (in the USA, UK, and Canada), and Useful Periodicals. A Selected Bibliography and Index follow.
Pros: Up-to-date. Useful fingering charts and photos. Includes a listing of flute clubs and related organizations throughout the world.
Uses: Useful for identifying flute works published in the 18th century. Provides accurate edition information, and more data concerning flute music not identified before.
Coverage: Covers only 18th century flute music. Current to 1985. Focuses mostly on European composers and their works. Focuses on updating: original titles, publication information, catalogue numbers that cover one particular composer, information on anonymous works, information on collections published in the 18th century, information on contemporary arrangements of the works of important composers, and libraries where information for obtaining autographs and manuscripts can be found.
Organization: Divided into two parts. The first part is an index that is arranged alphabetically by composers names. The works are listed by concerto for flute and other solos with orchestral accompaniment, then solos, sonatas, and chamber music. In some cases, the pieces were in order of opus number. Each entry includes birth and death dates of the composers, the title of each work, the opus number, the key signature, the instrumental combination, publisher name, publisher location, plate number, year of publication, and cross-reference numbers. The second part is a systematical index, which lists the works according to their instrumentation. These instrumentations are divided into three main groups: works for one to ten instruments, works for more than ten instruments, and works for one to seven solo instruments with instrumental accompaniment.
Pros: Mostly complete, Contains some 16th/17th century works.
Cons: Does not contain music for the recorder. Does not contain 18th century publisher addresses or 20th century arrangements. The format is a bit confusing, and there are so many abbreviations, that it is quite difficult to read the entries clearly.
Uses: Provides a survey of Dutch flute music in order to preserve for musical practice the works which prove to possess quality. For those interested in flute music history or Dutch music history.
Coverage: Lists the flute music in major Dutch collections, with the criteria that the music is for the flute, written by Dutch composers, or written by composers that were active in the Netherlands for some time. There are some exceptions, which are either included or excluded as a result of the composers connection with Dutch music and style.
Organization: Lists major titles of Dutch collections and provides opus numbers, keys, poets, authors of text, number of volumes in a published work, year composed, and notes/remarks relevant to work or performance. Contains alphabetical index by composer, chronological index organized by composer/arranger date of birth, systematic index by composer with instrumental combinations, a bibliography, and addenda. Entries may include: composer name, birth date, works listed with orchestration, work completion date, and date of work published.
Pros: Introduction and table of contents are listed in both Dutch and English. Lists are clear and information is self explanatory. Abbreviations are also clear. Provides information on publisher/compiler. Includes composers of Dutch nationality residing in another country.
Cons: No biographical information included, and little bibliographical material included. Excludes composers who lived in Netherlands, but were not Dutch .
Use: Helpful in identifying nineteenth- century chamber music that includes the oboe. Would be used to facilitate programming of romantic literature that may have been overlooked in standard repertoire.
Coverage: Author attempts to be comprehensive of 19th century chamber music. List drawn mainly from Hoek’s Oboen Bibliographie and Wilkins’ Oboe Index as well as from a variety of publishers catalogues. Works ranging from duets through chamber pieces with ten or more instruments. Includes works with voice, but not woodwind quintets. List not limited to the 19th century, but includes works before and after the 1800's that are of the romantic tradition.
Organization: Alphabetical listings by composer. Entries contain composer, dates for composer, title, publisher and instrumentation. Includes and index divided by instrumentation. Short bibliography included at the end of the article.
Cons: Gives only composer, title and instrumentation of the works listed. No quality judgments made.
Gifford, Virginia Snodgrass, Music for the Oboe, Oboe d’amore, and English Horn: A Bibliography of Materials at the Library of Congress. The Music Reference collection no 1.Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983. Mus Ref 128 .02 G5 1983
Use: Most extensive reference tool for identifying and locating works for oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn in the Library of Congress.
Coverage: Includes all works including oboe, oboe d’amore and English Horn in the Library of Congress collection both cataloged and uncataloged. Does not include works that list these instruments as alternate instrumentation. Includes method books.
Organization: Contains introduction and detailed table of contents. Bibliography is alphabetical by composer. A few entries listed by title. Entries give composer, title, opus and/or thematic catalog number, location of the source, modern editions, and occasional miscellaneous notes on the piece or composer. An index of publishers, composers, and instruments provided at the back of the book.
Cons: Does not include works acquired by the library after 1983. No indication of quality of the compositions is given. No notes on whether or not the library has score parts or a complete set. Does not give date of composition.
Hamilton, Sarah. "An Annotated Bibliography of Canadian Music for the Oboe, Oboe d’amore, English Horn and Bass Oboe found in the Canadian Music Center." Journal of the International Doublereed Society 26 (July 1998): 71‑92. ML 1 .1718x (Stacks NOT Music Reference)
Use: Used a resource for obtaining lesser known works of Canadian origin. Helpful because all works are available from the Canadian Music Centre. Includes many works that would be accessible by the young oboe player.
Coverage: Limited to works cataloged in the Canadian Music Centre as of April 1996. Instrumentation limited to works for solo oboe, oboe d’ amore, English horn and bass oboe, these instruments with key board, in duets and trios, with tape, and as soloists with orchestra, if there is a piano reduction of the orchestra part.
Organization: Article includes an introduction explaining the research and organization of the entries and gives abbreviation information. Entries listed alphabetically by composer and contain composers dates, title in English and French, date and place of composition, instrumentation- including alternate instrumentation, duration, dedication, commission, publisher/ ISBN, Recordings- records and compact discs only, movements, range, premiere, difficulty, stylistic characteristics, and program notes. Addresses, recording information, and a bibliography given at the end of the article.
Cons: By authors own admission there is a large amount of Canadian oboe music that is not contained in the Canadian Music Centre. A future supplement to this work is needed.
Use: Resource for finding repertoire for the oboe. Also useful for studying the history of the oboe as shown through the works written for it.
Coverage: Author attempts to be comprehensive. Begins coverage in 1650 (or the approximate time the oboe was invented) and includes music written before 1800. Only includes pieces that were originally written for the oboe or those known to have been played by the oboe during the lifetime of the composer. Includes chamber music, suites, and arias.
Organization: Standard bibliography format alphabetical by composer. Genre, instrumentation, tonality, and publication information included for each entry. Contains a section on collections and an index by instrumentation. Separate index for oboe d’amore. Extensive list of works consulted. Codes for abbreviations listed at the back.
Cons: The use of an extensive abbreviation system makes it necessary flip between explanations of abbreviations and entries. Does not initially appear user friendly.
Leher, Charles David. "A List of Henri Brod’s Compositions with a Short Discussion of His Oboe Concertos." Journal of the International Doublereed Society 19 (July 1991): 5‑ 17. ML 1 .1718x (Stacks NOT Music Reference)
Use: Identifies and locates the works for oboe by Henri Brod. Useful in studying the development of the oboe concerto in the 19t h century.
Coverage: All known works of Henri Brod for the oboe.
Organization: Gives brief biography of Brod, highlighting his contributions to the oboe. Gives his works by opus number, and the works that can not yet be identified by opus number. Entries include opus number, title, instrumentation, and call number for the piece at the Département de la Musique at the Bibliothéque Nationale. Lists Brod’s works by category. Reviews the stylistic features of Brod’s compositions generally. Includes a bibliography.
Cons: Quality judgments not made for each work.
Margelli, Tad. "The Paris Conservatoire Concours Oboe Solos: The Gillet Years (1882‑1919)." Journal of the International Doublereed Society 24 (July 1996): 41‑55. ML 1 .1718x (Stacks NOT Music Reference)
Use: Lists oboe solos from the Paris Conservatoire from 1882- 1919. Includes information about composers and the Concour winners. Useful for programming pieced and finding information on the composers of lesser known works.
Coverage: All oboe solos required at the Paris Conservatoire from 1882- 1919 including the Concour winners from those years.
Organization: Begins with an introduction which includes an overview of the life of Gillet. Lists the solos by year. Includes the title, composer, editions, biography of the composer, and a brief description of the work. Indicates whether the piece is out of print. Also includes the Concour winners each year, detailed end notes, and a bibliography.
Pros: Excellent source for programming French Conservatoire pieces.
Use: Helpful for performers in programming English horn repertoire. Provides information and background for each work.
Coverage: Compositions for English horn from 1736- 1984 that were still in publication or were available from the author as of 1984.
Organization: Divided into sections. 1st section is a discussion of 14 well known works addressed chronologically. Entries include background information on author and work including a review of critiques of the first performance. 2nd section contains an alphabetical index of works by composer. 3rd section is a thematic catalogue of works and comprises the bulk of the research. Entries include brief biographical sketch of composer, title, instrumentation, publisher, duration, and information on available recordings. This section includes an incipit, usually of the opening theme. Extensive indexes give works by instrumentation, title, date of composition, and finally by nationality of composer. Appendix includes unpublished works not listed in the thematic catalogue, a discography, publishers addresses, and a bibliography.
Pros: Includes an incipit, usually of the opening theme for each piece.
Register, Brent. “A Catalogue of Norwegian Oboe Literature.” Journal of the International Doublereed Society 18 (July 1990) 25-53. Supplement located in Journal of the International Doublereed Society 20 (July 1992) 45-59. ML 1 .1718x (Stacks NOT Music Reference)
Use: Useful for locating new literature for the oboe or English horn that is of Norwegian background.
Coverage: Covers solo oboe, English horn and chamber music which includes these instruments. Uses guidelines issued by Norsk Musikkinformasjon used to determine the definition of a “Norwegian composer. Supplement to initial work provided in the Journal of the International Doublereed Society no. 20 ( July 1992) 45- 59.
Organization: Entries listed alphabetically by composer under the classifications: solo oboe, oboe and keyboard instrument, oboe with orchestra or band, and oboe with chamber ensemble. Entries include composer, title, media, date composition was completed, availability, length, range and author’s commentary. Supplement is in same form and adds an additional 40 works.
Pros: Authors comments on the literature are very helpful to the performer.
Weiger, Mark O. “A Listing of Repertoire in the Library of the Double Reed Ensemble of Iowa-1991" Journal of the International Doublereed Society no. 21 (July 1993) 31- 39. ML 1 .1718x (Stacks NOT Music Reference)
Use: Listing provides a starting point for identifying literature for double reed ensembles.
Coverage: Limited to the repertoire in the library of the Double Reed ensemble of Iowa. Library includes works ranging from trios to large ensembles of double reed players.
Organization: Sections divide the catalogue by number of instruments: Trios, Trios with two oboes and bassoon, Four oboes, Double reed Quartet, Double reed Quintet, and Large ensembles. Entries include composer/arranger, title, instrumentation, publication information, and level of difficulty. Keys to publishers and Abbreviations given at the end of the article.
Pros: Catalogue makes helpful evaluations of difficulty and fills a gap in bibliographic research on literature for a large double reed ensemble.
Use: Used to identify editions and publishers for oboe literature. Particularly good for programming baroque trio sonatas.
Coverage: Works for solo oboe as well as chamber music including oboe. Does include woodwind quintets. Also lists baroque trio sonatas. Currently outdated.
Organization: Includes table of contents, and list of abbreviations. Also contains a list of music publishers and their agents. Sections divided by instrumentation and listed alphabetically by author. Each entry cites only author, instrumentation, title, and publication information.
Pros: Includes oboe band methods which are often overlooked.