Adolphe Sax (1860-1870) Bibliothèque nationale de France


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


Saxophone alone 


Saxophone with piano accompaniment 


Duets– two wind instruments 


Duets– wind and string instruments 


Duet – oboe with guitar, harp

M1034 .S4

Concertos with orchestra 

M1035 .S4

Concertos with orchestra (solo with keyboard acc.)

M1134 .S4

Concertos with string orchestra (full score)

M1135 .S4

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.


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

saxophone music

Under “saxophone”:

saxophone and [oboe, clarinet etc.] 


saxophone with [band, orchestra etc.]


saxophone music saxophones 2 

solos with ensembles

sonatas saxophone 


concertos saxophone 


concertos saxophone solo with piano 


quartets saxophones 


woodwind trios; wind trios; trios 


woodwind quartets; wind quartets; quartets

Under “chamber music”:

woodwind quintets; wind quintets; quintets

duets: saxophone

[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]

trios: saxophone, etc.



Print Resources for saxophone repertoire

Gee, Harry R. Saxophone Soloists and Their Music, 1844-1985: An Annotated Bibliography. 
          Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986. ML128 .S247 G297 1986 

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

Londeix, Jean Marie. 150 Years of Music for Saxophone: Bibliographical Index of Music and Educational
          Literature For The Saxophone, 1844-1994. Cherry Hill, NJ: Roncorp, 1994.
          Ref. ML128 .S247 L84 1994 

A Comprehensive Guide to the Saxophone Repertoire, 1844-2003, Bruce Ronkin, editor. Cherry Hill,
          NJ: Roncorp, 2003. Ref. ML128.S247 L84 C73 2003 

Schleuter, Stanley L. Saxophone Recital Music: A Discography. Westport : Greenwood, 1993. 
          Ref. ML156.4.S3 S34 1993 

Wilkins, Wayne. The Index of Saxophone Music. Magnolia, AR : Music Register, 1979.
          Ref. ML128 .S247 W684


Online resources for saxophone repertoire

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front



Finding information about the saxophone


Grove Music Online

Raumberger, Claus and Karl Ventzke. “Saxophone.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
          accessed January 6, 2014,


Suggested call numbers for browsing our catalog or the shelf


Saxophone bibliographies


Books about the saxophone


Studies and methods


Studies and methods, children



Selected print resources about the saxophone

Chautemps, Jean-Louis. Le saxophone. Paris: J.C. Lattes: Salabert, 1987. ML975 .C499 S27 1987 

Harvey, Paul. Saxophone. London: Kahn & Averill, 1995. ML975.H342 .S27 1995 

Kool, Jaap. Das Saxophon: Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen und Notenbeispielen. Leipzig: J. J. Weber, 1931.
          ML975 .K82 

Related works may be found by searching the subject: saxophone



The Galpin Society Journal  ML5 .G178
Instrumentalist ML1.I59
International Musician Current Periodicals, Microforms of older issues: Film 1832)
NACWPI Journal  ML27.U5 N27AC
North American Saxophone Alliance Update ML1.S273 S9 Suppl.
Saxophone Journal  ML975 .S273
Saxophone Symposium ML1.S273 S9

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
Sax on the Web
Classic Saxophone On-Line
Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine


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