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This guide is designed to help you find information about, and music for, the oboe. 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 oboe repertoire


Suggested Call Numbers for Shelf Browsing

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.

M65-M69 Oboe alone; oboe with electronics
M245-M247 Oboe with piano accompaniment
M288-M289 Duets – with another wind instrument
M290-M291 Duets – with a string instrument
M296-M297 Duet – oboe with guitar, harp
M957 , M1470 Oboe ensembles
M1022 Concertos with orchestra (full score)
M1023 Concertos with orchestra (solo with keyboard acc.)
M1122 Concertos with string orchestra (full score)
M1123 Concertos with string orchestra (solo with keyboard acc.)
MT360-MT365 Studies and methods for oboe
MT366 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 Voyager and the Card Catalog. For complete listings of headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (red books).


Headings for our  catalog

Headings for LP catalog

oboe music Under “oboe”:
oboe and [bassoon, clarinet etc.]


oboe with [band, orchestra etc.]


oboe music oboes 2

solos with ensembles

sonatas oboe


concertos oboe


concertos oboe solo with piano


woodwind trios; wind trios; trios  
woodwind quartets; wind quartets; quartets Under “chamber music”:
woodwind quintets; wind quintets; quintets

duets: oboe

[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]

trios: oboe, etc.


Print Resources for oboe repertoire

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

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

Haynes, Bruce. Catalogue of Chamber Music for the Oboe, 1654-c.1825, 4th ed. rev. and corrected. The Hague:
B. Haynes, 1980. Ref. ML128 .O2 H4 1980 (also online, see below)

Music for Oboe, 1650-1800 : A Bibliography. 2nd ed. Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1992.
Ref. ML128.O2 H4 M9 1992

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

Hosek, Miroslav. Oboen-Bibliographie. Wilhelmshaven: Heinrichshofen : 1975. Ref. ML128 .02 H825 1984

Joppig, Gunther. The Oboe and the Bassoon, trans. Alfred Clayton. London: Batsford, 1988. ML931 .J81 O1 1988

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 Oboe Music Including The Index of Baroque Trio Sonatas. Magnolia, AR: Music
Register, 1976. (includes supplements 1977 and 1978) Ref. ML128 .O2 W685I


Online resources for oboe repertoire

General sources

Anna’s Oboe List

A list, with call numbers, of oboe music scores at Sibley , compiled by Anna Hendrickson (most recent update in 1977)

Free Sheet Music – Oboe via 8notes.com

Downloadable scores (incuding arrangements) for oboe and small ensembles including oboe

Haynes Catalog

An online version of the Haynes title (see above); a searchable catalog of oboe works composed up to ca. 1800, housed in 375 worldwide libraries. Included are solo works, concertos, chamber ensembles (up to 8 instruments with oboe and vocal music with oboe.

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front



Finding information about the oboe


Grove Music Online

Page, Janet K., et al. “Oboe.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
accessed January 3, 2014,


Suggested call numbers for browsing our catalog or the shelf

ML128.O5 Oboe bibliographies
ML940-943 Books about the oboe
MT360-MT365 Studies and methods for oboe



Selected print resources about the oboe

Bate, Philip. The Oboe, An Outline of Its History, Development, and Construction. London: E. Benn, 1956.
ML940 .B328O.

Burgess, Geoffrey and Bruce Haynes. The oboe. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. ML940.B955 O12 2004.

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.

Freillon-Poncein, Jean-Pierre. On Playing Oboe, Recorder, and Flageolet, trans. Catherine Parsons Smith. Bloomington:
Indiana University Press, 1992. MT362.F864 V51 1992.

Goosens, Leon. Oboe. 2nd ed. London: MacDonald Tutura, 1980. MT360. G569 O12 1980.

Prodan, James C. Index of Articles in I.D.R.S. publications 1969-1986. S.l. : s.n., 1987. ML1 .I6171.

Stanton, Robert E. The Oboe Player’s Encyclopedia: Solo Listings, Record Listings, Double-Reed Supply Listing,
          Oboe/English Horn Repairmen, Tool Makers and Suppliers. Oneonta, NY: Swift-Dorr Publications, 1972.
ML128 .O2 S792.



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
Journal of the International Double Reed Society ML1.J617
Performance Practice Review ML430.5 .P438 or here
To the World’s Oboeists ML1 .T7275 (1972-1977)

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).


International Double Reed Society Forum

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


Peter Hurd Oboe

Site by a collector and dealer in new and used instruments, this features buying tips, commentary on oboe makers, and instrument care


Oboe Resources

Organized by Sarah Hamilton of SUNY Fredonia, this is a compendium of articles, book excerpts, with directories of performers, music and instrument dealers, repair shops, programs, and other sites of interest to oboists.



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