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Music: Horn

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Browsing the catalog

  • You can also browse for scores and books using UC Library Search. In Advanced Search, select the Call Number (LC) option and type one of the M numbers in the search box.  From the search shown below, can you tell how many scores of solo unaccompanied horn music the library has?

Finding books and instructional works

  • Search for books on the horn and horn methods, studies, and orchestral excerpts by doing a Subject Keyword search on the words horn musical instrument:

Finding scores and recordings

  • To find a specific musical work, in Advanced Search enter the composer and title, and select Scores, Compact Discs, etc. from the format menu:

  • To find a work with a generic title, such as a sonata or concerto, enter the composer's name, enter sonatas horn (or concertos horn, etc.) for the title, and then select Scores, Compact Discs, etc. from the format menu:

Chamber music

  • To find out what scores the library has for a particular medium of chamber music, search using specific Subjects in the library catalog.  The following search will find scores of horn duets:

Try the following subjects for other chamber music combinations:

  • sonatas horns 2 
    [sonatas for two horns; M288, M289]
  • brass trios horns 3  

    [horn trios; M357.4, M358, M359]

  • brass quartets horns 4  
    [horn quartets; M457.4, M458, M459]

  • trios piano horn*  
    [trios for piano, horn, and one other instrument; M317, M322]
  • quartets piano horn*  
    [quartets for piano, horn, and two other instruments; M417, M422]
  • quintets piano horn*  
    [quintets for piano, horn, and three other instruments; M517, M522]
  • wind trios horn*  
    [wind trios that include horn; M357]
  • wind quartets horn* 
    [wind quartets that include horn; M457]
  • wind quintets horn* 
    [wind quintets that include horn; M557]

Books and Instructional Materials

In UC Library Search use the following Subject Keywords to find books on the history of the horn and its construction and literature, as well as instructional materials such as methods, books of studies, and orchstral excerpts.  The catalog indicates when a book is located in the reference section of the music library, which is just beside the entrance to the book and score area.


horn music bibliography

horn musical instrument

horn musical instrument history

horn players

horn studies exercises

horn methods

horn orchestral excerpts
(limit to scores)

Journal Articles

The call number of Horn Call is ML1 .H67.  You will find the latest issue in the reading area of the Music Library.  To search for more articles on the horn, you can search in these databases:


Bibliographies and discographies

Ref = reference section of the Music Library

Brüchle, Bernhard. Horn-Bibliographie. 3 vols. Ref ML128 .H67 B8

Hernon, Michael. French Horn Discography. Ref ML156.4 .H7 H5 1986

Marshall, Robert. Dennis Brain on Record: A Comprehensive Discography.

ML156.7 .B72 M37 1996

McBeth, Amy. A Discography of 78-rpm Era Recordings of the Horn.

Ref ML156.4 .H7 M33 1997

Weyse, Volker. Solo-Horn und Blasorchester. ML128 .H67 W4 2000


Hornisten-Lexikon = Dictionary for Hornists. Ref ML955 .H67 1986


Brüchle, Bernhard, and Kurt Janetzky. Kulturgeschichte des Horns. Ref ML955 .B75

Humphries, John. The Early Horn: A Practical Guide. ML955 .H86 2000

Janetzky, Kurt, and Bernhard Brüchle. The Horn. ML955 .J313 1988

Morley-Pegge, Reginald. The French Horn. ML96.4 .M6 1973

Tuckwell, Barry. Horn. ML955 .T82 1983

Instructional Works

Farkas, Philip. The Art of French Horn Playing. MT425 .F27 1956

Farkas, Philip. The Art of Brass Playing. ML339 .F27

Farkas, Philip.  The Art of Musicianship. MT75 .F37

Hill, Douglas. Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity, and Horn Performance. MT420 .H55 2001

Hill, Douglas. Extended Techniques for the Horn. MT420 .H4 E9 1983

Reynolds, Verne. The Horn Handbook. MT420 .R49 1997

Schuller, Gunther. Horn Technique. MT420 .S35 1992

Yancich, Milan. A Practical Guide to French Horn Playing.  MT422 .Y353


Das Horn bei Mozart = Mozart and the Horn. ML96.4 .M939 1980


Pettitt, Stephen. Dennis Brain: A Biography. ML419 .B72 P5 1989

Listen to Music

Browse for Scores: M

Finding horn music

  • You can find music for horn by simply browsing the shelves in the music library. In the Library of Congress system, used in academic libraries, call numbers of scores begin with the letter M, followed by a number that reflects the medium of performance. Important numbers for horn are M82 (solo unaccompanied), M257 (solo with keyboard), and M1029 (horn concertos, piano reduction). Within most numbers, scores are in order alphabetically by composer. For example, to find a piano reduction score of a Mozart horn concerto, just look under M1029 M. More numbers:

Solo unaccompanied

  • M80 -- Collections of original and arranged works
  • M81 -- Collections of original works
  • M82 -- Separate works, original
  • M83 -- Collections of arranged works
  • M84 -- Separate works, arranged

Solo with piano

  • M255 -- Collections of original and arranged works
  • M256 -- Collections of original works
  • M257 -- Separate works, original
  • M258 -- Collections of arranged works
  • M259 -- Separate works, arranged

Solo with full orchestra

  • M1028 -- Full scores
  • M1029 -- Piano reductions

Solo with string orchestra

  • M1128 -- Full scores
  • M1129 -- Piano reductions

Chamber music

  • M288, 289 -- Two wind instruments
  • M317, 417, 517 (etc.) -- Trios (quartets, quintets, etc.) for piano plus two (three, four etc.) wind instruments
  • M322, 422, 522 (etc.) -- Trios (quartets, quintets, etc.) for piano plus two (three, four etc.) string(s) plus wind(s)
  • M357, 457, 557 (etc.) -- Wind trios, quartets, quintets (etc.)
  • M357.4, 457.4, 557.4 (etc.) -- Brass trios, quartets, quintets (etc.)

Orchestral music

  • M1001 -- Symphonies
  • M1002 -- Symphonic poems
  • M1003 -- Variations, suites
  • M1004 -- Overtures

Browse for Books, Methods, etc.: ML and MT

Finding books

  • Call numbers of books begin with ML, and call numbers of instructional materials such as methods, studies, and orchestral excerpts begin with MT.  Browse under these numbers to find books and instructional materials for horn.


  • ML933 -- General books on brass instruments
  • ML955 -- General books on the horn
  • ML958 -- Horn playing


  • MT420 -- General instructional works on the horn
  • MT422 -- Systems and methods
  • MT425 -- Studies and exercises
  • MT426 -- Orchestral studies