Find Repertoire for Saxophone

Find a Known Piece of Music

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

Browse the Shelves for Music

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

Search by Subject for Saxophone Music

WARNING: If you search by subject using "saxophone music", you will find miscellaneous solo works only! It is better to use specific genres to find desired repertoire when searching by Subject Headings. Please also consult thi link to Library of Congress Subject Headings provided by Yale University.

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 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 in 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

History of the Saxophone and Saxophone Music

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Ref ML 100.G8 2001 - on the Dictionary Table

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.

And/or GROVEMUSIC - The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians ONLINE. Western-only.

       Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the saxophone and the saxophone repertory.

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)

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

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

Recordings of Saxophone Music