Reni: San Gregorio Magno, Rome (1609)



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


Trombone alone 


Trombone with piano accompaniment 


Duets– two wind instruments 


Duets– wind and string instruments 


Duets – trombone with guitar, harp


Concertos with orchestra 


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.


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

trombone music

Under “trombone”:

trombone and [trumpet, horn etc.]


trombone with [band, orchestra etc.]


trombone music trombones 2 

solos with ensembles

sonatas trombone 


concertos trombone


concertos trombone solo with piano 


brass trios; wind trios; trios 


brass quartets; wind quartets; quartets

Under “chamber music”:

brass quintets; wind quintets; quintets

duets: trombone

[follow for sextets, septets, octets, nonets]

trios: trombone, etc.


Print Resources for trombone repertoire

Anderson, Paul G. Brass Music Guide: Ensemble Music in Print. Northfield, IL: Instrumentalist,1987.
          Ref. ML128.W5 A547 1987 

Arling, Harry J. Trombone Chamber Music: An Annotated Bibliography. 2nd ed. Nashville: Brass
          Press, 1983. Ref ML128.T76 A724 1983 

Bahr, Edward R. Trombone/Euphonium Discography. Stevens Point, Wis.: Index House, 1988.
          Ref. ML156.4.T7 B151 1988 

Bone, Lloyd E., et al. Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire: The Euphonium Source Book. Bloomington: 
          Indiana University Press, 2007. Ref. ML128 .B24 G946 2007 

Everett, Thomas G. Annotated Guide to Bass Trombone Literature. Nashville, TN: Brass Press, 1985.
          Ref. ML128 .T849 E9 1985

Fasman, Mark J. Brass Bibliography: Sources on the History, Literature, Pedagogy, Performance, and
         Acoustics of Brass Instruments.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990.
         Ref. ML128 .B823 F24 1990 

Haug, Hermann. Bibliography and discography on music for solo wind instruments and orchestra. 
          Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 2004. Ref. ML128.W5 H371 2004 v.3 

Horne, Aaron. Brass Music of Black Composers : A Bibliography. Westport, CT : Greenwood Press,
          1996. Ref. ML128 .B823 H81 1996 

Lane, George B. The Trombone: An Annotated Bibliography. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 1999.
          Ref. ML128 .T76 L265 1999 

Schöck, Ralf F. Solo-Posaune und Blasorchester: Verzeichnis von über 750 Solowerken für eine
          oder mehrere Posaunen und Blasorchester. Wien: Kliment, 1999. Ref. ML128.T76 S363 1999 

Sloan, Gerald. Orchestral Recordings for Low Brass Players. n.p.: Encore Music, 1997.
          Ref. ML156.4 .B73 S63 1997 


Online resources for trombone repertoire

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front



Finding information about the trombone


Grove Music Online

Baines, Anthony C., et al. “Trombone.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
          accessed January 6, 2014,


Suggested call numbers for browsing our catalog or the shelf


Trombone bibliographies


Books about the trombone


Studies and methods


Studies and methods, children



Selected print resources about the trombone

Bate, Philip. The Trumpet and Trombone: An Outline of Their History, Development and Construction. 
          London: Norton, 1978. ML960 .B328T 1978 

Cecil, Herbert Myron. A Treatise on the Trombone. Thesis, University of Rochester, 1947.
          Special Collections ML95.2 .C388 

Dempster, Stuart. The Modern Trombone: A Definition if its Idioms. Berkeley: University of California 
          Press, 1979. ML965 .D389 M6 

Fasman, Mark J. Brass Bibliography: Sources on the History, Literature, Pedagogy, Performance, and 
          Acoustics of Brass Instruments. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990.
          Ref. ML128 .B823 F24 1990 

Gregory, Robin. The Trombone: The Instrument and its Music. London: Faber, 1973.
          ML965 .G823T 

Meckna, Michael. 20th-Century Brass Soloists. Westport: Greenwood 1994.
          Ref. ML399 .M487 T97 1994 

Related works may be found by searching the subject: trombone. 



The Galpin Society Journal  ML5 .G178
Instrumentalist ML1.I59
International Musician Current Periodicals, Microforms of older issues: Film 1832)
Brass Bulletin  ML5.B8276 W9
Historic Brass Society Newsletter  ML933 .H6731
International Trombone Association Journal  ML1.I6194 J8
International Trombone Association Newsletter  ML1.I6194 N5

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 Trombone Association
Online Trombone Journal
Alto Trombone Home Page


Compiled by Phil Ponella, 7/95; Rev 7/97; Rev. by Jim Farrington 7/99; 11/03; 11/04; 10/05; 10/07; Rev. Jeff Weeks 1/14