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

Finding Clarinet 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 Voyager.
















clarinet alone; clarinet with electronic tape

clarinet with piano accompaniment

Duets—with another wind instrument

Duets—with a string instrument

clarinet with percussion 

clarinet ensembles 

clarinet with string quartet 

Concertos with orchestra 

Concertos with orchestra (arranged) 

Concertos with string orchestra 

Concertos with string orchestra (arranged) 

Books specifically about the clarinet 

Studies and methods

Orchestral excerpts 

Studies and methods, children

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 Voyager and the Card Catalog.
For complete listings of headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (red books).

Headings for Voyager

Headings for Subject Catalog

clarinet music 

clarinet and [bassoon, flute etc.]

clarinet with [band, orchestra etc.] 

sonatas clarinet

concertos clarinet

concertos clarinet 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 “clarinet”: 



          solos with ensembles 




Under “chamber music”: 

          duets: clarinet 

          trios: clarinet, etc.


Print resources for clarinet repertoire

Brixel, Eugen. Klarinetten Bibliographie. Wilheimshaven: Heinrichshofen, 1983. Ref. ML128 .C58 B862 1983

Catalog of the International Clarinet Society Score Collection. Prepared by the International Clarinet Society Research
           Center at the University of Maryland, College Park: University of Maryland, 1982. Ref. ML136 .A1 I61 1982

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

Errante, Gerard F. Contemporary Clarinet Repertoire: Clarinet & Electronics, 2nd ed. Mentone, CA: Mill Creek Publications,
          1993. Ref. ML128.C58 E72 1993

A Selective Clarinet Bibliography. Oneonta, NY: Swift-Dorr Publication, Inc., 1973. Ref. ML128 .C58 E72 1973

Gee, Harry R. Clarinet Solos de Concours, 1897-1980: An Annotated Bibliography. Bloomington: Indiana University
          Press, 1981. Ref. ML128 .C59 G297

Gillespie, James E. Solos for Unaccompanied Clarinet: An Annotated Bibliography of Published Works. Detroit: Information
          Coordinators, Inc., 1973. Ref. ML128 .C59 G478

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

Opperman, Kalmen. Repertory of the Clarinet. New York: Riccordi, 1960. Ref. ML128 .C590 O62r

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. Index of Clarinet Music. Magnolia, AR: The Music Register, 1975. Ref. ML128 .C58 W685


Online resources for clarinet repertoire

General sources

Clarinet Institute of Los Angeles

Includes free music for clarinet solo and chamber ensembles including clarinets

The ICA Research Center Score Collection

The Center, within the University of Maryland, allows International Clarinet Society members to borrow music from their collection.

Alea Publishing

In addition to offering its own published music for sale, this bass clarinet-oriented firm also has an extensive bibliography of repertoire for solo and ensemble music including bass clarinet.


In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper


Finding information about the clarinet

Grove Music Online:

Page, Janet K., et al. “Clarinet,” Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed [19 November 2013]),


Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog





Clarinet bibliographies

Books about the clarinet

Studies and methods

Studies and methods, children


Selected print resources on the clarinet

Brymer, Jack. Clarinet. London: Macdonald and James, 1979. ML945 .B916C 1979

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

Errante, F. Gerard. Selective Clarinet Bibliography. Oneonta, N.Y.: Swift-Dorr Publications, 1973.
          ML128.C58 E72 1973

Gilbert, Richard. The Clarinetists’ Discography III. Harrington Park, N.J.: RGProductions, 1991-1996.
          Ref. ML156.4.C6 G465C no.3

Hoeprich, Eric. The Clarinet. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. ML945.H694 C591 2008

Lawson, Colin. The Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
          ML945 .C178 1995

Messenger, Joseph Charles. A Comprehensive Performance Project in Clarinet Literature with an Annotated Bibliography of
          Selected Books and Periodical Material about the History, Repertoire, and Acoustics of the Clarinet
. Unpublished
          thesis, University of Iowa. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, 1971. Ref. ML128 .C58 M584


Current Periodicals

Clarinet  ML1 .C5914
Das Orchester  ML5 .O63
Galpin Society Journal  ML5 .G178
Rohrblatt : Magazin für Oboe, Klarinette, Fagott und Saxophon ML929 .K63
Instrumentalist  ML1.I59
International Musician Current Periodicals, Microforms of older issues: Film 1832

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 Clarinet Association
International Clarinet Association Research Center Score Collection
Alea Publishing (formerly the Internet Bass Clarinet Society) 
International Bass Clarinet Research Center 
The Clarinet Pages
Eric Tischkoff’s Clarinet Studio
Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society


Compiled by Phil Ponella, 7/95, Rev. 7/97; Rev. by Jim Farrington 7/99; 4/01; 11/03; 11/05; Rev. by Jeff Weeks 1/14