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Performer Guides: Oboe

Use this guide to find resources for music performance, including LC call number browsing ranges for repertoire, books, and journals..

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Finding Repertoire:

If you're looking for new repertoire to perform, it is often helpful to browse the Music Library's scores. The following call number ranges are for oboe music; individual works within these numbers are arranged alphabetically by composer or arranger:

M65-M69, oboe alone 
M245-M247, oboe and piano
M1022, oboe with orchestra (full score)
M1023, oboe with orchestra (piano reduction)
M1122, oboe with string orchestra (full score)
M1123, oboe with string orchestra (piano reduction)

Music Bibliographies:

Bibliographies compile lists of materials by topic. The Music Library owns several bibliographies of woodwind music that can help you to find repertoire by composer, difficulty level, and instrumentation (this is particularly helpful for finding chamber music for mixed instrumentation like woodwind quintet).

Books on the Oboe:

In addition to the titles listed below, you can browse for books about the oboe in the following call number ranges:

ML419, Biographies of instrumentalists
ML940-ML943, oboe - general, history and construction, music and playing

Looking for Something Specific? Search the Library Catalog:

Excerpts, Etudes, and Method Books:

Excerpts and instructional materials are classified in the MT range and housed in the same location as books about music (MLs):

MT360, General works

  • Libby Van Cleve, Oboe Unbound: Contemporary Techniques, rev. ed. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]), call no. MT360 .V35 2014.

MT362, Systems and methods

  • J.P. Freillon Poncein, On Playing Oboe, Recorder, and Flageolet, translated by Catherine Parsons Smith (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1992), call no. MT362 .F813 1992.

MT365, Studies and exercises

  • Eugene Bozza, Dix-huit etudes pour hautbois (Paris: A Leduc, [1950]), call no. MT365 .B69.

MT366, Orchestral studies (excerpts)

  • Example: John Ferrillo, Orchestral Excerpts for Oboe: With Piano Accompaniment (King of Prussia, PA: Theodore Presser, 2006), call no. MT366 .O73 2006.

Online Resources for Oboe:

International Double Reed Society - The professional society for bassoonists and oboists.

Solo Oboe or Solo English Horn with Band or Wind Ensemble - A list of solo compositions for oboe and English horn compiled by Clinton Nieweg, retired librarian for the Philadelphia Orchestra.