Find Repertoire for Horn

Find a Known Piece of Music

Consult the Helpful Hints section of the main Finding Repertoire page or download the Horn Handout PDF.

Browse the Shelves for Horn Music

Most, but not all, horn music can be found in the following areas:
Call Numbers Description
M 80 - 84 horn alone (no accompaniment)
M 255 - 259 horn with piano or continuo
M 1028 horn with full orchestra, concertos, etc.
M 1029 horn with full orchestra - piano reduction
M 1128 horn with string orchestra, concertos, etc.
M 1129 horn with string orchestra - piano reduction
MT 420 - 432 studies and methods for horn
MT 426 orchestral excerpts

See additional call numbers for Horn from Music Cataloguing at Yale University.

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A SUBJECT search is NOT the same as a KEYWORD search. Library of Congress Subject Headings are assigned by cataloguers.

WARNING: If, for example, you use the Subject "horn 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 Horn

Horn Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the horn may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for horn music in the SMRC is MUS 4080.

Periodicals for Horn Players

Periodicals of interest to horn players can be found by using the following Subject Headings:

History of the Horn and Horn 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 horn and members of the horn family and the horn repertory.

GROVEMUSIC - New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
ONLINE - Western-only. 

Regularly updated, 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)


 Fasman, Mark J. Brass Bibliography: Sources on the History, Literature, Pedagogy, Performance, and Acoustics of Brass Instruments. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990. [Ref ML 128.B72F3 1990]

Herbert, Trevor and John Wallace, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. [ML 933.C36 1997]

Pizka, Hans. Hornisten-Lexikon = Dictionary for Hornists [München] : H. Pizka, 1986. [Ref ML 102.H67P59 1986]

Humphries, John . The Early Horn : a practical guide. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000. [ML955.H86 2000]

Recordings of Horn Music