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|
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
|concertos oboe solo with piano||
|woodwind trios; wind trios; trios|
|woodwind quartets; wind quartets; quartets||Under “chamber music”:|
|woodwind quintets; wind quintets; quintets||
|[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
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
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)
Finding information about the oboe
Grove Music Online
Page, Janet K., et al. “Oboe.” Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
accessed January 3, 2014,
Suggested call numbers for browsing our catalog or the shelf
|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.
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)|
|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).
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).
An bulletin-board style site of discussion topics on double reeds, such as instruments, reeds, music, announcements, performance and pedagogy.
Site by a collector and dealer in new and used instruments, this features buying tips, commentary on oboe makers, and instrument care
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