Instrument and Voice Guides - Saxophone


Classification Numbers for Saxophone Music

M105–M109  Saxophone alone:
     M105      Collections (more than one composer)
     M106      Original works: Collections (one composer)
     M107      Original works: Separate works
     M108      Arrangements: Collections (one composer)
     M109     Arrangements: Separate works
 M268–M269  Saxophone with piano accompaniment:
     M268      Collections
     M269      Separate works
 M288–M289  Duets for two wind instruments (of all kinds):
     M288      Collections
     M289      Separate works
 M290–M291  Duets—one stringed and one wind instrument
 M296–M297  Duets—one wind and one plucked instrument
 M315–M319  Piano and two wind instruments
 M320–M324  Piano, one stringed, and one wind instrument
 M335–M339  Piano, one wind, and one plucked instrument
 M355–M359  Three wind instruments
 M360–M364  Three stringed and wind instruments
 M375–M379  Three wind and plucked instruments


Quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).

Concertos and similar pieces:

 M1034.S4  Saxophone with orchestra, full scores
 M1034.5 .S4  Cadenzas for such works
 M1035.S4  Saxophone with orchestra, piano reductions
 M1134.S4  Saxophone with string orchestra, full scores
 M1134.5 .S4  Cadenzas for such works
 M1135.S4  Saxophone with string orchestra, piano reductions

Saxophone Studies and Methods

 MT500  General works
 MT502  Systems and methods
 MT503  Teaching pieces
 MT504  Instructive editions
 MT505  Studies and exercises
 MT506  Orchestral studies
 MT507  Two saxophones
 MT508  Self-instructors
 MT510  Other instruments of the saxophone family

Subject Headings

(for subject searches in ALICE or WorldCat)

Solo saxophone music: sonatas (saxophone); suites (saxophone); variations (saxophone); etc.; saxophone music
Music for saxophone and piano: rondos (saxophone and piano); sonatas (saxophone and piano); suites (saxophone and piano); variations (saxophone and piano); etc.; saxophone and piano music

saxophone music (saxophone (2))

bassoon and saxophone music; flute and saxophone music; horn and saxophone music; oboe and saxophone music; etc.


woodwind trios (saxophone, oboe, flute)

(or other combinations)

wind trios [mixed brass and woodwind, various combinations]; e.g., wind trios (saxophone, trombone, trumpet)


woodwind quartets [various combinations];

also suites [various combinations of instruments]; variations [various combinations of instruments]; etc.

wind quartets [mixed brass and woodwind, various combinations];

also suites, variations, etc.

  Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.
Saxophone and Orchestra:

concertos (saxophone)

concertos (saxophone) -- solo with piano

saxophone with orchestra

rondos (saxophone with orchestra)

Selected Bibliography: Music, Recordings, Writings

Fridorich, Edwin. "The Saxophone: A Study of its Use in Symphonic and Operatic Literature." Ed.D. thesis, Columbia University, 1975.  ML975 .F75 1975a

Gold, Cecil V. Saxophone Performance Practices and Teaching in the United States and Canada. Moscow, ID: School of Music Publications, 1973. 

Hemke, Fred. “The Early History of the Saxophone.” D.M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin, 1975. 

Horwood, Wally. Adolphe Sax, 1814-1894: His Life and Legacy, rev. ed. Baldock, Hertfordshire: Egon, 1983.  ML424 .S27 H67 1983

Kool, Jaap. Das Saxophon: The Saxophone. Translated by Lawrence Gwozdz. Baldock, Hertfordshire: Egon, 1987.  ML975 .K766 1987

Teal, Larry. The Art of Saxophone Playing. Evanston, IL: Summy-Birchard, 1963.  MT505 .T42x

Classification Numbers for Books about the Saxophone

Ref. ML128 .S247  Saxophone bibliographies
ML975  General works
ML976  Construction
ML978  Music and playing

Selected Periodicals

The Saxophone Symposium ML1 .S272x

Selected Internet Resources
Classic Sax