Find Repertoire for SAXOPHONE

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Check the Helpful Hints on our main Finding Repertoire page.  See also the Music Library's SAXOPHONE handout - PDF.

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Most, but not all, saxophone music can be found in the following areas: 

M   105 -  109  (saxophone alone, i.e. with no accompaniment) 

M   268 -  269  (saxophone with piano

M  1034.S4  (saxophone with full orchestra, concertos, etc.) 
M  1035.S4  (saxophone with full orchestra part reduced for piano)

M  1134.S4  (saxophone with string orchestra, concertos, etc.) 
M  1135.S4  (saxophone with piano reduction of string orchestra part)

MT  500 - 510  (studies and methods for saxophone) 

MT  506   (orchestral studies)


** WARNING ** 

If you search BY SUBJECT, using "SAXOPHONE MUSIC," , you will find miscellaneous solo works only! It's MUCH better to use specific genres to find desired repertoire, when searching by Subject Headings  e.g.

SONATAS (saxophone and....
SUITES (saxophone and...

Other useful Subject Headings include:


N.B.   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 

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Ensembles Using the Saxophone

For information on this topic, please consult the information on Woodwind Ensembles

Saxophone Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the saxophone may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. This collection DOES NOT APPEAR on the Western Libraries Catalogue. The general classification number for saxophone music in the SMRC is MUS 4105

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

Repertoire guides by Jean-Marie Londeix are highly recommended, as are those by Harry R. Gee and the Canadian Music Centre.

Periodicals for Saxophonists

saxophone - periodicals
wind instruments - periodicals
brass instruments - periodicals

History of the Saxophone and Saxophone Music

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

Lindemeyer Paul.  Celebrating the saxophone.  New York : Hearst Books, c1996. [ML975.L56 1996]

Recordings of Saxophone Music


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Lisa Rae Philpott
Music Reference / Collections / Instructional Librarian
Music Library - Western University
Last updated: 2016-02