Brass Ensemble

Burgkmair: Triumph of Maximilian I (detail), 1526


This guide is designed to help you find  information about, and music for ensembles that include brass instruments.  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!  Also, see the related guides for Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, and “Chamber Music: Piano”.

Finding brass ensemble 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.


Trios which may include one or more brass instruments


Two winds and piano


Wind trios


Brass trios


Quartets which may include one or more brass instruments


Three winds and piano


Wind quartets


Brass quartets


Quintets which may include one or more brass instruments


Four winds and piano


Wind quintets


Brass quintets


Brass sextets


Brass septets


Brass octets


Brass nonets


Suggested subject headings

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


Headings for our catalog

Headings for LP Catalog

brass trios

Under “chamber music”:

brass quartets

Trios (Wind)

brass quintets

Quartets  (Wind)

wind trios

Quintets (Wind)

wind quartets


wind quintets








[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]



Print resources for brass ensemble repertoire

Anderson, Paul G.  Brass Music Guide: Ensemble Music in Print.  Northfield, IL: Instrumentalist,1987.
          Ref. ML128.W5 A547 1987

Arling, Harry J. Trombone Chamber Music: An Annotated Bibliography. 2nd ed. Nashville: Brass Press,
          1983. Ref ML128.T76 A724 1983

Baron, John H. Chamber Music: A Research and Information Guide. 2nd ed. NY: Routledge, 2002.
          Ref ML128.C4 B265 2002

Berger, Melvin. Guide to Chamber Music. NY: Dodd, Mead, 1985. Ref ML1100.B496 G946 1985

Brass Players’ Guide. Robert King Music Co., 1997. Ref ML128.B823 B8K

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

Cohn, Arthur. The Literature of Chamber Music. Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, 1997.
          Ref ML1100.C678 L776 1997

Decker, Richard G. A Bibliography of Music for Three Heterogeneous Brass Instruments Alone and in
          Chamber Ensembles. Oneonta, NY: Swift-Dorr Publications, 1976. Ref ML128.W5 D295

Forsyth, Ella Marie. Building a Chamber Music Collection: A Descriptive Guide to Published Scores.
          Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1979. Ref ML128.C4 F735

Herbert, Trevor and John Wallace. The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments. Cambridge: Cambridge
          University Press, 1997. ML933 .C178 1997

Horne, Aaron. Brass Music of Black Composers : A Bibliography. Westport: Greenwood, 1996.
          Ref ML128.B823 H81 1996

Husted, Benjamin F The Brass Ensemble; Its History And Music. Thesis (Ph.D.), Eastman School of Music,
          1955. Eastman School Archives or 3rd floor stacks ML95.3.H972

Kurtz, S. James. A Study and Catalog of Ensemble Music for Woodwinds Alone or with Brass from ca. 1700 to
          ca. 1825. Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Iowa, 1971. Ref ML128.W5 K96

Rangel-Ribeiro, Victor. Chamber Music: An International Guide to Works and Their Instrumentation. NY:
          Facts on File, 1993. Ref ML128.C4 R19 1993

Rasmussen, Mary. A Teacher’s Guide to The Literature of Brass Instruments. Durham, NH: Brass Quarterly,
          1964. Ref ML128.B823 R228T

Rutan, Harold Duane. An Annotated Bibliography of Written Material Pertinent to the Performance of Brass and
          Percussion Chamber Music. (Thesis (Ed.D.), University of Illinois, 1960). Ref. ML128.C4 R97

Scott, William. A Conductor’s Repertory of Chamber Music: Compositions for Nine to Fifteen Solo Instruments.
          Westport: Greenwood, 1993. Ref ML128.C4 S43 1993

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



Online resources for brass ensemble repertoire

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

Brassworks 4

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front


Finding information about brass ensembles

Grove Music Online:

Bill Jones. “Brass quintet.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
          accessed January 14, 2014,

Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog






Bibliography—Brass instruments (General)

Bibliography—Wind instruments (General)

History and criticism—Brass instruments (General)

Instruction and study—Brass instruments (General)

Instruction and study—Chamber music—General works


Selected print resources on brass ensembles

Anderson, Mark J. A Sourcebook of Nineteenth-Century American Sacred music for Brass Instruments. Westport,
          Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. ML933.A548 S72 1997

Evenson, Pauline.  History of Brass Instruments, Their Usage, Music, and Performance Practices in Ensembles
          During the Baroque Era. D.M.A., University of Southern California, 1960. ML933. E93H

Fasman, Mark J. Brass Bibliography: Sources on the History, Literature, Pedagogy, Performance, and Acoustics
          of Brass Instruments. Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, 1990. ML128.B823 F24 1990


Online resources about brass ensemble music

Brass Chamber

A source page for buying brass ensemble music and recorded music; and home of the International Brass Chamber Music Festival.


Compiled by Phil Ponella, 7/95. Rev, 7/97; Rev. by Jim Farrington, 4/01; 11/03; Rev. Rick McRae & Jeff Weeks 1/14.