Volumes one through five cover the history of the wind band and wind ensemble from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century; volumes six through nine are catalogs of wind music of the same periods.
As a companion to "The Wind Ensemble Sourcebook and Biographical Guide," this catalog provides a comprehensive listing of wind ensemble works from 1650 to the present. This catalog is an exhaustive guide to international wind ensemble collections.
This sourcebook includes biographical details, discusses many of the works, and presents country surveys. There is also a survey of the way wind instruments developed at the critical time, and of performance practices. In this work, the music is placed in context: why it was written, where it was played, and how it influenced other genres.