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Brass Guide

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This guide is designed to help you find chamber music and ensemble music for brass instruments, and information about such music. Use this as a starting point or browsing tool and consult IUCAT for more complete information. If you are looking for works with only two performers (e.g., trumpet duets), see the reference guides for the specific instruments. If you need more help, feel free to ask at the Reference Desk. 


Classification Numbers for Brass Chamber Music

(if you’d like to browse the shelves)


 M315–M319  Piano and two wind instruments
 M320–M324  Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument
 M335–M339  Piano, one wind, and one plucked instrument


 M355  Collections (both original and arranged works)
 M356  Original works: Collections
 M357  Original works: Separate -- General (woodwinds and brass)
 M357.4  Original works: Separate -- Brass only
 M358  Arrangements: Collections
 M359  Arrangements: Separate works
 M375–M379  Wind and plucked instruments
 M380–M384  Stringed, wind, and plucked instruments



 M400–M409  Organ or reed organ and three other instruments
 M415–M419  Piano and three wind instruments
 M435–M439  Piano and three wind and plucked instruments
 M440–M444  Piano and three stringed, wind, and plucked instruments
 M455  Wind instruments only: Collections (both original and arranged works)
 M456  Original works: Collections
 M457  Original works: Separate -- General (woodwinds and brass)
 M457.4  Original works: Separate -- Brass only
 M458  Arrangements: Collections
 M459  Arrangements: Separate works
 M460–M464  Stringed and wind instruments
 M480–M484  Wind and plucked instruments
 M480–M484  Stringed, wind, and plucked instruments

Quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).For more details, see M: Music and Books on Music, available at the reference desk or at the index table in the reference section (Z696 .U5 M 1998).

Not all brass music in the Cook Music Library is out on the shelf.Please consult IUCAT to find information about music that is checked out or in the Frontlog.


Subject Headings

(for subject searches in IUCAT or WorldCat)



 trios [instruments], e.g. trios (piano, trumpet, trombone); trios (piano, horns (2)); etc

 brass trios [instruments], e.g. (euphoniums (3)); (euphoniums (2), tuba); etc.

 suites (horn, trombone, trumpet); etc.

 wind trios (bassoon, horns (2)); etc.

 Quartets:  brass quartets [instruments], e.g. (horn, trombone, trumpets (2)); etc.

 wind quartets (clarinets (2), horns (2)); etc.

 Quintets:  brass quintets [instruments], e.g. (horn, trombone, trumpets(2), tuba); etc.


Similar patterns for sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.



Selected Bibliography

Anderson, Paul G., comp. Brass Ensemble Music Guide. Evanston, IL: Instrumentalist Co., 1978. Ref. ML128 .W5 A58

Anderson, Paul G., and Lisa Ormston Bontrager, comp. Brass Music Guide: Ensemble Music in Print. Northfield, IL: Instrumentalist Co., 1987.Ref. ML128 .W5 A59

Andraud, Albert J. Catalogue of Chamber Music for Woodwind and Brass Instruments, Methods, Studies, etc. Ref. ML128 .C4 A55

Baer, Douglas Milton.“The Brass Trio: A Comparative Analysis of Works Published from 1924 to 1970.”Ph.D. diss., Florida State University, 1970.Film ML 1196.

Decker, Richard G., comp. A Bibliography of Music for Three Heterogeneous Brass Instruments Alone and in Chamber Ensembles. Oneonta, NY: Swift-Dorr Publications, 1976. Ref. ML128 .W5 D4

Shoemaker, John R.“A Selected and Annotated Listing of 20th Century Ensembles Published for Three or More Heterogeneous Brass Instruments.” Ed.D. diss., Washington University, 1968.Film ML 839.



Selected Internet Resources

 Chamber Brass
 Brass Resources


last updated: 7/26/2013