Finding Repertoire for Trumpet

Find a Known Piece of Music

Consult the Helpful Hints section of the main Finding Repertoire page or download the Trumpet Handout PDF.

Browse the Shelves for Trumpet Music

Most, but not all, trumpet music can be found in the following areas:
Call Numbers Description
M 85 - 89 trumpet alone - no accompaniment
M 260 - 261 trumpet with piano or continuo
M 1030 trumpet with full orchestra, concertos, etc.
M 1031 trumpet with piano reduction of concertos, etc.
M 1130 trumpet with string orchestra, concertos, etc.
M 1131 trumpet with piano reduction of string orchestra
MT 440 - 456 studies and methods for trumpet
MT 446 orchestral excerpts

For additional information about Music Call numbers, please consult Music Cataloguing at Yale.

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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 Heading "trumpet 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 Trumpet

For information on Trumpet in Brass Ensembles.

Trumpet Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the trumpet may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for horn music in the SMRC is MUS 4085.

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

Periodicals for Trumpet Players

Click-on these Subject Headings to see all of the trumpet-related periodicals to which we subscribe:

History of the Trumpet and Trumpet Music

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

and its online counterpart,

GROVEMUSIC-The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the horn and members of the trumpet family and its 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)


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.B72F3 1990]

Herbert, Trevor and John Wallace, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. [ML 933.C36 1997]

Recordings of Trumpet Music