Finding Repertoire for Trombone

Find a Known Piece of Music

Consult the Helpful Hints section on the main Finding Repertoire page.  Check the new Trombone pathfinder - PDF.

Browse the Shelves for Music

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

   M 90 - 94  trombone alone, i.e. without accompaniment

   M  262 - 263 trombone with piano 

   M 1032   trombone with full orchestra, concertos, etc. 
   M 1033   trombone with full orchestra, reduced for piano

   M 1132   trombone with string orchestra, concertos, etc. 
   M 1133   trombone with string orchestra, reduced for piano

   MT 460 - 472   studies and methods for trombone 

   MT 466   orchestral excerpts 

Search by Subject (Library of Congress)

A SUBJECT search is NOT the same as a KEYWORD search.   Library of Congress Subject Headings are controlled vocabulary, and are assigned by cataloguers; we must use the same Subject Headings to efficiently search for specific musical genres.


If, for example, you use the Subject "TROMBONE MUSIC"you will find miscellaneous solo works only Following are Subject Headings which are linked to searches in the Western Libraries Catalogue - designed to retrieve specific genres of Trombone Music.  e.g.
SONATAS (trombone and....
SUITES (trombone 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 

For additional information about Music Call numbers, please consult MUSIC CATALOGUING AT YALE.

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Ensembles Using the Trombone

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

Trombone Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the trombone may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for trombone music in the SMRC is MUS 4090

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

Periodicals for Trombonists

Click on the following Subject Headings to see which trombone periodicals you can find in the UWO Music Library:

trombone - periodicals

wind instruments - periodicals

brass instruments - periodicals

History of the Trombone and Trombone Music

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

Brownlow, James Arthur. The last trumpet : a history of the English slide trumpet. Stuyvesant, N.Y. : Pendragon Press, 1996. [ML960.B76 1996]

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.B72 F3 1990]

Guion, David M.  A History of the Trombone.  Lanham, MD:  Scarecrow Press, 2010.  [ML 965.G83 2010]

Herbert, Trevor. The Trombone. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. [ML 965.H47 2006]

Lane, G. B. The trombone in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982. [ML965.L36 1982]

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Recordings of Trombone Music


Finding CDs, LP recordings and videos
To find older commercial recordings (i.e., older black vinyl LPs) which ARE NOT listed in the Western Libraries Catalogue, a printed list is located at the call number: MTR 3513

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

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