Find Repertoire for Bassoon

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Find a Known Piece of Music

Check the Helpful Hints on our main Finding Repertoire page.

OR - NEW - download the latest version of this BASSOON HANDOUT - in PDF.

Browse the shelves for Bassoon music

Some useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf are: 

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

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Search by Subject (Library of Congress) 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). 

SONATAS (bassoon and.....)
SUITES (bassoon and....)
CONCERTOS bassoon ...

Other useful Subject Headings are:

 BASSOON - instruction...

***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

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


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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:

Journal of the International Double Reed Society


International Musician

Early Music

Galpin Society Journal

History of the Bassoon and Bassoon Music

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

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online] Updated regularly. UWO-ONLY --  Provides access to the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd. ed.

And, searching by Subject Heading, in the Western Libraries Catalogue will yield a list of all the books about the history of the bassoon, owned by the UWO Music Library:

bassoon - history

Recordings of Bassoon Music


Finding CDs, LP Recordings and Videos

Western's Don Wright Faculty of Music Student/Faculty/Guest Artist Recitals


Lisa Rae Philpott
Music Reference / Collections / Instructional Librarian
Music Library - Western Libraries
Last updated: 2013-08-19