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Horn Music

Classification Numbers for Horn Music

M80–M84  Horn alone:
     M80      Collections (more than one composer)
     M81      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M82      Original works: Separate
     M83      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M84      Arrangements: separate works
 M255–M259  Horn with piano accompaniment:
     M255      Collections (more than one composer)
     M256      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M257      Original works: Separate
     M258      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M259      Arrangements: Separate works
 M288–M289  Duets for two wind instruments (of all kinds):
     M288      Collections
     M289      Separate works
 M290–M291  Duets—one stringed and one wind instrument
 M296–M297  Duets—one wind and one plucked instrument
 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–M359  Three wind instruments
 M360–M364  Three stringed and wind instruments
 M375–M379  Three wind and plucked instruments


Quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 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).

Concertos and similar pieces:

 M1028  Horn with orchestra, full scores
 M1028.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1029  Horn with orchestra, piano reductions
 M1128  Horn with string orchestra, full scores
 M1128.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1129  Horn with string orchestra, piano reductions


Horn Studies and Methods:

 MT420  General works
 MT422  Systems and methods
 MT423  Teaching pieces
 MT424  Instructive editions
 MT425  Studies and exercises
 MT426  Orchestral studies (excerpts)
 MT427  Two horns
 MT428  Self-instructors


Not all horn 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)

Solo horn music: sonatas (horn); suites (horn); variations (horn); etc.; horn music
Horn and piano music: rondos (horn and piano); sonatas (horn and piano); suites (horn and piano); variations (horn and piano); etc.; horn and piano music

horn music (horns (2))

horn and trumpet music; horn and trombone music; horn and tuba music; flute and horn music; etc.


brass trios (horn, trombone, trumpet)

(or other combinations)

wind trios, wind trios (flute, horns (2)), [mixed brass and woodwind, various combinations]


brass quartets [various combinations];

also suites [various combinations of brass instruments]; variations [various combinations of brass instruments]; etc.

wind quartets [mixed brass and woodwind, various combinations];

also suites, variations, etc.

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

Horn and Orchestra: concertos (horn)

concertos (horn) — solo with piano

horn with orchestra

rondos (horn with orchestra), etc.


Classification Numbers for Books about the Horn

 Ref. ML128 .T78  Horn bibliographies
 ML955  General works
 ML956  Construction
 ML957  Music and playing



Selected Bibliography: Music, Recordings, Writings

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

Bruchle, Bernhard. Horn Bibliographie.Wilhelmshaven: Heinrichshofen, 1970. Ref. ML128 .H67 B88. Also two supplements, Ref. ML128 .H67 B89 and Ref. ML128 .H67 B9)

Fasman, Mark J. Brass Bibliography: Sources on the History, Literature, Pedagogy, Performance, and Acoustics of Brass Instruments. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990. Ref. ML128 W5 F2

Gregory, Robin.The Horn: a Comprehensive Guide to the Modern Instrument & its Music. 2nd ed.London: Faber & Faber; New York: F. A. Praeger 1969. ML955 .G8 1969

Hernon, Michael. French Horn Discography. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986. Ref. ML156.4 .H7 H57

Horne, Aaron. Brass Music of Black Composers: A Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996. Ref. ML128 .W5 H651

Janetzky, Kurt, and Bernhard Bruchle.The Horn. Trans. James Chater.London:Batsford; Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 1988. ML955 .J362

McBeth, Amy. A Discography of 78rpm Era Recordings of the Horn: Solo and Chamber Literature with Commentary. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997. ML156.4 .H7 M33

Meckna, Michael. Twentieth-Century Brass Soloists.Westport, CT: Greenwood Press 1994. Ref. ML399 .M4

Pizka, Hans. Hornisten-Lexikon = Dictionary for Hornists. Kirchheim bei München: Hans Pizka Edition, 1986. Ref. ML102 .H67 P5

Reynolds, Verne. The Horn Handbook. Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 1997. MT420 .R49

Tuckwell, Barry. Horn. London: Macdonald; New York: Schirmer Books, 1983. ML955 .T82


Selected Periodicals

 Brass Bulletin (1971–)  ML5.B823
 Historic Brass Society Journal (1989–)  ML1.H457
 Historic Brass Society Newsletter (1989–)  ML1.H458
 The Horn Call (1971–)  ML1.H82
 The Horn Call Annual (1989–)  ML1 .H822
 International Horn Society Newsletter (1981-)  ML1.I599
 NACWPI Journal (1970–)  ML1.N27


Selected Internet Resources

 IHS Online
 Historic Brass Society
 Hans Pizka