Leyster: Boy Playing the Flute (1660)


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


Finding flute repertoire


Suggested call numbers for browsing in Voyager or on shelf

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


Flute alone; flute with electronics


Flute with piano accompaniment


Duets – with another wind instrument


Duets – with a string instrument


Duet – flute with guitar, harp

M957 -M1470

Flute ensembles


Concertos with orchestra (full score)


Concertos with orchestra (solo with keyboard acc.)


Concertos with string orchestra (full score)


Concertos with string orchestra (solo with keyboard acc.)


Studies and methods


Orchestral excerpts


Studies and methods, children

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


Subject headings for flute music

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

In LP card catalog

flute music 

flute and [bassoon, clarinet etc.] 

flute with [band, orchestra etc.] 

flute music flutes 2 

concertos flute 

concertos flute solo with piano 

woodwind trios; wind trios; trios 

woodwind quartets; wind quartets; quartets 

[follow for quintets, sextets, etc.] 

Under “flute”:



Solos with ensemble




Under “chamber music”:

duets: flute

trios: flute, etc.


Print resources for flute repertoire

Alphonse Leduc (Firm). Musique pour flûte : Répertoire du Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris, des
          Conservatoires et Écoles de Musique de France. 2e éd. Paris : Alphonse Leduc, 196-? ML128.F64 L47.2

Boenke, Heidi M. Flute Music by Women Composers: An Annotated Catalog. NY: Greenwood Press, 1988.
          Ref. ML128 .F7 B671 1988

Cernauskas, Kathryn. Guidelist of Unaccompanied Flute Music by Canadian Composers. Toronto: Canadian Music Centre,
          1995. Ref. ML128 .F7 C415 1995

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

Gronefeld, Ingo. Flauto traverso und Flauto dolce in den Triosonaten des 18. Jahrhunderts: Ein thematisches Verzeichnis.
          Tutzing: Hans Schneider, 2007. ML128.T746 G876 2007

Haug, Hermann. Bibliography and Discography on Music for Solo Wind Instruments and Orchestra. Wiesbaden: Breitkopf &
          Härtel, 2004. Ref. ML128.W5 H371 2004 v.1

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

Jackson, Amy, “The Flutist’s Guide to the Library,” Flute Talk 27/2 (Oct. 2007): pp.29-32.

McGowan, Richard A. Italian Baroque Solo Sonatas for the Recorder and the Flute. Detroit: Detroit Information
          Coordinators, 1978. Ref. ML128 .F7 M146

Milan, Susan. Flute Notes: A Performer’s Handbook of Programme Notes for the Flute Repertoire: 146 Composers  
          and Over 400 Works. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Ref. ML128.F7 M637 2006

Munster, Peter van. Repertoire Catalogue: Piccolo, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Including ca. 900 works for Flute Choir or Flute
          Orchestra. Rome: Riverberi Sonori, 2004. Ref. ML128 .F7 M969 2004

Nelson, Susan. The Flute on Record, the 78 RPM Era: A Discography. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006. Ref.
          ML156.4.F43 N431 2006

Noe, Carol. A Guidebook to Flute Choir Literature. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1996. Ref. ML128 .F7 N763 1996

Pellerite, James J. A Handbook of Literature for the Flute: Compilation of Graded Methods, Materials, Solos, and Ensemble
          Music for Flutes. Revised, 3rd edition. Bloomington: Zalo Publications, 1978. Ref. ML128 .F38.3 1978

Pierreuse, Bernard. Flute Literature: General Catalog of Published and Unpublished Works by Instrumental Category. Paris:
          Editions Musicales Transatlantiques, 1982. Ref. ML128 .F7 P623

Powell, Ardal. Flute. New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2002. ML935.P882 F6 2002

Selected Flute Repertoire: A Graded Guide for Teachers and Students, prepared by the Pedagogy Committee of the
          National Flute Association. Santa Clarita, CA: National Flute Association, 2001. Ref. ML132.F58 S4635 2001

Selected Flute Repertoire: A Graded Guide of Etudes, Daily Studies, and Method Books, prepared by the Pedagogy
          Committee of the National Flute Association. Santa Clarita, CA: National Flute Association, 2001.
          Ref. ML132.F58 S464 2005.

Vester, Frans and Rien de Reede. Catalogus van de Nederlandse Fluitlieratur = Catalogue of Dutch flute literature. Buren,
          The Netherlands: Frits Knuf, 1988. Ref. ML128 .F7 V58 1988

Flute Music of the 18th Century: An Annotated Bibliography. Nutley, NJ: Musica Rara, 1985.
          Ref. ML128 .F7 V582 1985

Flute Repertoire Catalogue. London: Musica Rara, 1967. Ref. ML128 .F7 V583

Wilkins, Wayne. The Index of Flute Music Including The Index of Baroque Trio Sonatas. Magnolia, AR: The Music Register,
          1974. (Supplements, 1975, 1976/77, 1978). Ref. ML128 .F64 W685

Wilkins, Wayne and Paul Solem. Music for the Flute: A Complete Catalogue. New York: McGinnis & Marx Music Dealers,
          1969. Ref. ML128 .F7 M145 1969


Online resources for flute repertoire

General sources

The Flute Ark

Database of information about the flute, including lists of compositions for flute with brief biographical information about composers

Flute Tunes

This site offers free sheet music in .pdf format, along with fingering charts and pedagogical articles.

Flute World

Includes searchable index of in-print flute music offered at discounted prices.


In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front


Finding information about the flute


Grove Music Online:

Powell, Ardal. “Flute.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, accessed
          December 31, 2013, http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/A2241119.


Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog 


Flute bibliographies


Books about the flute


Studies and methods


Studies and methods, children


Selected print resources on the flute

Debost, Michel. The Simple Flute: From A to Z. NY: Oxford University Press, 2002. MT340.D287 S6 2002

Lasocki, David, comp. Traverso: Historical Flute Newsletter: the Second Decade, 1999-2008 : with a Bibliography of
          Publications on Historical Flutes, 1999-2008. Hillsdale, N.Y. Pendragon Press, 2009. Media 1055 ;
          ML935 .T781 2009

Milan, Susan. Flute Notes: A Performer’s Handbook of Programme Notes for the Flute Repertoire. Cambridge, U.K.
          Cambridge University Press, 2006. ML128.F7 M637 2006

Toff, Nancy. The Flute Book: A Complete Guide for Students and Teachers. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University
          Press, 1996. ML935.T644 F647 1996




Flute Journal ML935.F647 (until 1981)  
Flute Talk ML929.F6
Flutist Quarterly ML935.N558
Galpin Society Journal ML5 .G178 (also fulltext online at JSTOR, 1948 to 2005)
Instrumentalist  ML1.I59
Newsletter (NFA)  ML935.N558 (until 1984)
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).


Online resources about the flute

National Flute Association

Official website of the NFA ; offers membership details, convention news, competitions, upcoming events, and a library catalog of the NFA Collection (via University of Arizona)

Flute World

In addition to selling flute repertoire (see above), this commercial site is for the practicing musician, offering new and used instruments, accessories, repairs, and flute recordings.

British Flute Society

Like the NFA site, this is the central website for the BFS, also offering to members its online journal, Flute.

Larry Krantz Flute Pages

An active performer and educator, Krantz’ site is a compendium of articles, tips, trivia, games, streaming “flute radio,” discussion, and a “stolen flute list.”

The Flute Network

This is an online bulletin-board aimed at “flutists, flute teachers, and the people who love them (P.W.L.F.P.’s).”  Rather haphazard in its organization, it nonetheless is a conduit of communication, chiefly offered blog-style by its creators.

Rev. 6/11, Rick McRae; rev. 1/14, Jeff Weeks