Finding Repertoire for Tuba

Find a Known Piece of Music

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

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

For additional information about Music Call Numbers/Class Numbers, please consult 
Music Cataloguing at Yale.

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WARNING: If, for example, you choose to search by the Subject Heading "tuba music" you will find miscellaneous solo works only!

Note: Most music will be found under the subject heading for a specific genre.

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Ensembles Using the Tuba

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

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

History of the Tuba and Tuba Music

Both iterations of the New Grove Dictionary (listed below) contain detailed and scholarly information on the history of the tuba and members of the tuba family and the tuba repertory:

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Ref ML 100.G8 2001 - on the Dictionary Table,
     or its online counterpart:

Regularly updated, 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.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