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A Blast of Brass!

Last year we discussed method books available from the NLS Music collection for most band and orchestra instruments. We’ve even done some posts on specific instruments, like saxophone and violin. Today, though, I decided to focus a post specifically on brass instruments. “Why brass?” you ask. Well for one, brass instruments are near and dear to my heart, being a trombone player myself! But also because today happens to be the birthday of Gordon Jacob: a composer who wrote many pieces for brass instruments, including a Concerto for Trombone (BRM24877), Concerto for Horn and Strings, and his Scherzo for Two Trumpets, Horn, and Trombone.

Although the only brass composition we have by Gordon Jacob in the collection is the Concerto for Trombone, I’d like to highlight some other more advanced solo or chamber brass works in the collection.

Here are some more advanced solo and chamber works for brass instruments in the NLS Music Collection:


Artunian, Alexander. Concerto for Trumpet and Piano (BRM28674)

Arnold, Jay. Everybody’s Favorite Selected Trumpet Solos, vol. 2 (BRM00899)

Anderson, Leroy. Trumpeter’s Lullaby: for Band featuring Solo Trumpet (BRM18926)

Handel, George Frederic. Concertino for Trumpet and Strings (BRM28490)

Haydn, Joseph. Concerto for Cornet in E-flat (BRM28956)

Hindemith, Paul. Sonata for B-flat Trumpet and Piano (BRM24952)

Hummel, Johann Nepomuk. Trumpet Concerto (BRM24775)

Smith, Walter M. The Cavalier (BRM03914)

French Horn

Bakaleinikoff, Vladimir. Canzona (BRM16596)

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Horn Sonata, op. 17 (BRM28641)

Dukas, Paul. Villanelle: for Horn and Piano (BRM27006)

Hindemith, Paul. Sonata for Horn in F and Piano (BRM28675)

Mozart, W. A. Concerto Rondo in E-flat Major, K. 371 (BRM36204)

                Concertos for Horn. (BRM35148) Contains:

Concerto No. 1 in D Major (K. 412)

Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major (K. 417)

Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat major (K. 447)

Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major (K. 495)

Schumann, Robert. Adagio and Allegro, op. 70 (BRM19656)

Strauss, Richard. Concerto No. 1, op. 11 (BRM17646)


Barat, Joseph E. Andante et Allegro (BRM04182)

Handel, George Frederic. Sarabande and Vivace (LPM00334)

Galliard, John Ernest.  6 Sonatas, trombone (BRM28643)

Guilmant, Alexandre.  Concertpiece, op. 88 (Morceau Symphonique) (BRM25724)

Hindemith, Paul. Sonata for Trombone and Piano (BRM28693)

Jacob, Gordon. Trombone Concerto (BRM24877)

McCarty, Patrick. Sonata for Bass Trombone and piano (BRM28893)

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay. Concerto for Trombone and Band (arr. for piano) (BRM28714)


Hadded, Don. Short Suite for Tuba (BRM28245)

Hindemith, Paul. Sonata for Tuba (BRM25923)

Vaughan, Rodger. Suite for Tuba (BRM28247)

Vaughan Williams, Ralph. Concerto for Bass Tuba (BRM25092)

Brass Chamber Works (All works are in open score format)

Bach, J.S. Bach Chorales for Brass Choir (BRM30214)

Bist du bei Mir for brass quintet (BRM35346)

Klemm, Gustav F. At the Console for brass quartet (BRM33885)

Rodgers, Richard. You’ll Never Walk Alone for brass sextet (BRM23180)

Roth, David A. Fired Up! for trumpet quintet (BRM36500)

Traditional. Beautiful Savior for Trombone Quartet or Choir (BRM34701)

We’d be happy to send registered patrons any of the above pieces! Please contact the Music Section via email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-424-8567, extension 2.

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