Find Repertoire for Oboe

Find a Known Piece of Music

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

Browse the Shelves for Oboe Music

Useful call numbers for browsing on the shelf:
Call Numbers Description
M 65 - 69 oboe alone with no accompaniment
M 245 - 247 oboe with piano or continuo
M 460 - 464 oboe with strings - quartet
M 560 - 564 oboe with strings - quintet
M 1022 oboe with full orchestra, concertos, etc.
M 1023 oboe with full orchestra, reduced for piano
M 1122 oboe with string orchestra, concertos, etc.
M 1123 oboe with string orchestra, reduced for piano
MT 360 - 376 studies and methods for oboe and English horn
MT 366 orchestral excerpts

To learn more about the Library of Congress classification system for Music, see Yale University's Music Cataloguing at Yale: Music Call Numbers.

Search by Subject for Oboe Music

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 "oboe 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 Oboe

Consult the page on Woodwind Ensembles.

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

Oboe Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the oboe may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for oboe music in the SMRC is MUS 4065.

Periodicals for Oboists

Suggested Sources for Reed Making

History of the Oboe

The fastest and most efficient way to find books about the oboe and its history, is to search by the Subject Heading "Oboe - History". This will find all books on this topic which are owned by Western Libraries.

Dictionaries and encyclopedias are also good places to begin your research:

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 oboe and the oboe repertory.

Long considered to be the premier English-language resource for classical or Western art music, New Grove II contains information on popular music performers and genres, world music, jazz and 20th-century music.

GROVEMUSIC - The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Updated regularly. Western-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)
    The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition (2014)


Grovemusic contains cross-references, illustrations, bibliographies, biographies, composers' works lists, and links to some sound files.

Recordings of Oboe Music