Finding Repertoire for Tuba

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 Consult the Helpful Hints section on the main Finding Repertoire page - OR - consult our new TUBA HANDOUT in PDF.

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

  M    95 - 99    tuba alone, i.e. with no accompaniment 

  M   264 - 267  tuba with piano 

  M  1034.T8    tuba with full orchestra, concertos, etc. 
  M  1035.T8    tuba with full orchestra - reduced for piano

  M  1134.T8    tuba with string orchestra, concertos, etc. 
  M  1135.T8    tuba with string orchestra - reduced for piano

  MT  480 - 488   studies and methods for tuba 
  MT  486   orchestral excerpts

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Ensembles Using the Tuba

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

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Tuba Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the tuba may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for tuba music in the SMRC is MUS 4095

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

Periodicals for Tubists

tuba - periodicals

brass instruments - periodicals

History of the Tuba and Tuba Music

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians  [Ref ML 100.G8 2001-on the Dictionary Table - and ONLINE]  Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the tuba and members of the tuba family and the tuba repertory.

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]

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

Morris, R. Winston and Edward R. Goldstein.  The Tuba Source Book.  Bloomington:  Indiana University Press 1996 [ML970.T83 1996]

Recordings of Tuba Music


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