Degas: l'Orchestre de l'Opéra (1869)

This guide is designed to help you find information about, and music for, the bassoon. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult our catalog for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!

 Finding Bassoon Repertoire

Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog

Below are general call number ranges. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification Schedule in the blue book at the Reference Desk, and/or our catalog.












Bassoon alone

Bassoon with piano accompaniment

Duets—with another wind instrument

Duets—with a string instrument

Duets—bassoon with guitar, harp

Concertos with orchestra

7 Concertos with orchestra (arranged)

Concertos with string orchestra

Concertos with string orchestra (arranged)

Studies and methods for bassoon

Orchestral excerpts

For trios, quartets and other ensembles, see the Chamber Music guide.


Suggested Subject Headings

Below are examples of some useful subject headings for use in our online catalog and our LP card catalog.
For complete listings of headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (red books).

Headings for our catalog

Headings for LP Catalog

bassoon music

bassoon and [oboe, clarinet etc.]

bassoon with [band, orchestra etc.]

bassoon music bassoons 2

sonatas bassoon

concertos bassoon

concertos bassoon solo with piano

woodwind trios; wind trios; trios

woodwind quartets; wind quartets; quartets

woodwind quintets; wind quintets; quintets

[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]

Under “bassoon”:



solos with ensembles




Under “chamber music”:

duets: bassoon

trios: bassoon, etc.


Print resources for bassoon repertoire

Beebe, Jon P. Music for Unaccompanied Solo Bassoon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 1990.
Ref. ML128 .B27 B41 1990

Bulling, Burchard. Fagott Bibliographie. Wilhelmshaven: Florian Noetzel Verlag, Heinrichshofen Bücher, 1989.
Ref. ML128 .B27 B937 1989

Fletcher, Kristine Klopfenstein. The Paris Conservatoire and the Concert Solos for Bassoon. Bloomington
University Press: Indiana University Press, 1988. Ref. ML128 .B27 F613 1988

Haug, Hermann. Bibliography and Discography on Music for Solo Wind Instruments and Orchestra. Wiesbaden:
Breitkopf & Härtel, 2004. Ref. ML128.W5 H371 2004 v.2

Horne, Aaron. Woodwind Music of Black Composers. Westport: Greenwood, 1990. Ref. ML128.W5 H81 1990

Koenigsbeck, Bodo. Bassoon Bibliography. Monteux, France: Musica Rara, 1994. Ref. ML128.B26 K78 1994

Kott, Tama I. An Index of Excerpts and an Overview of Published Orchestral Bassoon Excerpt Collections with a
          Comparison of Three Collections. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen, 2004. Ref. ML128.B26 K87 2004

Musique pour basson. Répertoire du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, des Conservatoires et Écoles de
          Musique de France: enseignement, morceaux de concours, pièces pour exécutions. Paris: A. Leduc, 1961.
Ref. ML128 .B27 L47

Secrist-Schmedes, Barbera. Wind Chamber Music: For Two To Sixteen Winds: An Annotated Guide. Lanham, Md.:
Scarecrow, 2002. Ref. ML128.C4 S446 2002

Wilkins, Wayne. The Index of Bassoon Music, Including the Index of Baroque Trio Sonatas. Magnolia, AR: The Music
Register, 1976. Ref. ML128 .B27 W685I



Online resources for bassoon repertoire

General sources

Music and the Bassoon

An instructional website, including scores, video, and audio files, with over 350 tunes, duets and canons, for bassoon students and teachers. free Bassoon Sheet Music

Contains about 114 pieces in .pdf format. Music includes classical, folk, holiday, patriotic, and sacred works.

Music for Bassoon

A site by Jeffrey Lyman of the University of Michigan, this highlights lists of concert repertoire and orchestral excerpts for the bassoon.


In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front

Finding information about the bassoon

Grove Music Online:

Waterhouse, William, “Bassoon,” Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed [18 November 2013]),


Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog




Bassoon bibliographies

Books about the bassoon

Studies and methods for bassoon


Selected print resources on the bassoon

Clark, David Lindsey. Appraisals of Original Wind Music: A Survey and Guide. Westport: Greenwood, 1999.
Ref. ML128.W5 C592 1999

Ely, Mark C. and Amy E. Van Deuren. Wind Talk For Woodwinds: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching Woodwind
          Instruments. NY: Oxford University Press, 2009. Ref. MT339.5.E52 W763 2009

Hodges, Woodrow Joe. A Biographical Dictionary of Bassoonists Born Before 1825. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms
International (photocopy), 1980. ML399.H688 B6

Jansen, Will. The Bassoon: Its History, Construction, Makers, Players And Music. Buren: Frits Knuf, 1978. ML950 .J35 B3

Lehman, Paul R. The Harmonic Structure of The Tone of The Bassoon. Seattle: Berdon, 1965. ML950 .L523ha

Skei, Allen B. Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Instruments of the Orchestra: A Bibliographic Guide. NY: Garland, 1985.
Ref. ML128.W5 S632

Bassoon (Yehudi Menuhin Music Guides). London: Kahn & Averill, 2003. MT400 .W326 B322 2003


Current Periodicals

The Double Reed ML931 .D727
Early Music ML5 .E12 (also full text in JSTOR, Oxford Journals Online, Project MUSE)
International Musician Current Periodicals, Microforms of older issues: Film 1832
Instrumentalist ML1.I59
Performance Practice Review ML430.5 .P438 or here
Rohrblatt : Magazin für Oboe, Klarinette, Fagott und Saxophon ML929 .K63

Current issues of periodicals are found alphabetically in the current periodicals room (third floor). For call numbers of older, bound issues, look in the Sibley Library Serials list (found on quick reference shelves).


Internet Resources

International Double Reed Society

Official website of the IDRS; offers membership details, convention news, competitions, upcoming events. Also includes podcasts, streaming video and audio  of performances, and connections to Double Reed (the IDRS journal).

IDRS Forum

An bulletin-board style site of discussion topics on double reeds, such as instruments, reeds, music, anouncements, performance and pedagogy.

A repository of information about performers, education. libraries, museums, contests, etc., all pertaining to the     contrabassoon.

A list of links to instrument dealers, reed makers, repair shops, festivals, masterclasses, stolen instruments, and music publishers.

 Rick McRae 7/11; Rev. Jeff Weeks 1/14; Rev. Rick McRae 6/16