Find Repertoire for Bassoon

Find a Known Piece of Music

Check the Helpful Hints on our main Finding Repertoire page or download the Bassoon Handout PDF.

Browse the Shelves for Bassoon Music

Useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf:
Call Numbers Description
M 75 - 79 bassoon alone, with no accompaniment
M 253 - 254 bassoon with piano or continuo
M 1026 bassoon with full orchestra, concertos, etc.
M 1027 bassoon with piano reduction of concertos, etc.
M 1126 bassoon with string orchestra, concertos, etc.
M 1127 bassoon with str. orch., concertos, + piano reduction
MT 400 - 415 studies and methods for bassoon
MT 406 orchestral excerpts

Additional information regarding call numbers can be found at Music Cataloguing at Yale: Call Numbers from Yale University.

Search by Subject for Bassoon Music

A SUBJECT search is NOT the same as a KEYWORD search. Library of Congress Subject Headings are assigned by cataloguers - you must use the same terms (in exactly the same order as the cataloguers input them).

WARNING: If, for example, you use the Subject "bassoon music" you will find miscellaneous solo works only!

Most music will be found under the subject heading for a specific genre.

Words or terms from Subject Headings may be used in KEYWORD searching.

Ensembles Using the Bassoon

Consult section on Woodwind Ensembles.

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

Suggested Sources for Reed Making

Related information can be found in the Western Libraries Catalogue, by clicking-on the Subject Heading: Bassoon Reeds.

Bassoon Music found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the bassoon may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for bassoon music in the SMRC is MUS 4075.

Periodicals for Bassoonists

Click on the following links to see the various bassoon-related periodicals (a.k.a. 'journals' or magazines) to which Western's Music Library subscribes:

History of the Bassoon and Bassoon Music

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Ref ML 100.G8 2001 - Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the bassoon and the bassoon repertory.

GROVEMUSIC - The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online]
Updated regularly. UWO-ONLY

Grovemusic provides access to the full text of:

  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd. ed., 29 vols., published in 2001 (25 million words; 29,000 articles), plus the complete text of
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992),
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition, 
  • The Norton Grove Dictionary of Women Composers (1994), 
  • The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition (2013), and
  • The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition (2014)


Searching by the Subject Heading Bassoon History will yield a list of all the books about the history of the bassoon, owned by Western Libraries.

Recordings of Bassoon Music