Finding Repertoire for Trombone

Find a Known Piece of Music

Consult the Helpful Hints section on the main Finding Repertoire page or download the Trombone Handout PDF.

Browse the Shelves for Music

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

For additional information about Call Numbers (Class Numbers) please consult 
Music Cataloguing at Yale: Call Numbers.

Search by Subject

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.

WARNING: If, for example, you use the Subject "trombone music" you will find miscellaneous solo works only!

The following are Subject Headings which are linked to searches in the Western Libraries Catalogue, designed to retrieve specific genres of Trombone Music.

Note: 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 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 Music Library:

History of the Trombone and Trombone Music

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Ref ML 100.G8 2001 - located 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.


GROVEMUSIC - The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Online. Western-only.
Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the trombone and the trombone 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.

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]

Recordings of Trombone Music