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Organ Guide

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This guide is designed to help you find music for the organ and information about the instrument. Use this as a starting point or browsing tool and consult IUCAT for more complete information. If you need more help, feel free to ask at the Reference Desk.

   

  

Classification Numbers for Organ Music

(if you’d like to browse the shelves)

 M6–M14  Organ alone:
     M6      Collections, mixed (original works and arrangements; more than one composer)
     M7      General collections (one composer)
     M8      Sonatas
     M8.5      Symphonies
     M9      Suites, Variations, and Cyclical Works
     M10      Fugues (with or without preludes)
     M11      Pieces
     M11.2      Pedal pieces
     M12      Arrangements: collections
     M13      Arrangements: separate works
     M14      Books (accompaniments to collections of psalms and hymns)
     M14.3-.5      Liturgical music (special seasons and occasions)
     M14.8      Electronic Organ music
 M180-186  Duets
 M180-181  One or more organs, two or more players
 M182-186  Organ and one other instrument
 M300–M304  Trios, organ and two other instruments
 M400–M404  Quartets, organ and three other instruments

 

Quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets follow similar patterns (in the M400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, and 900s, respectively).For more details, see M: Music and Books on Music, available at the reference desk or at the index table in the reference section (Z696.U5 M 1998).

 

Concertos and similar pieces:

 M1005  Organ with orchestra, full scores
 M1005.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1006  Organ with orchestra, piano reductions
 M1108  Organ with string orchestra, full scores
 M1108.5  Cadenzas for such works
 M1109  Organ with string orchestra, piano reductions

 

 

Studies and methods:

 MT180  General works
 MT182  Systems and methods; Studies and exercises
 MT185  General works: special techniques
 MT187  Special techniques: pedal
 MT189  Special techniques: registration
 MT190  Special techniques: accompaniment of liturgical music
 MT193  Teaching pieces; Instructive editions
 MT198  Self-instructors

 

Not all organ music in the Cook Music Library is out on the shelf.Please consult IUCAT to find information about music that is checked out or in the Frontlog.

 


Subject Headings

(for subject searches in IUCAT or WorldCat)

Solo organ music: organ music; sonatas (organ); suites (organ); fugues (organ); passacaglias (organ); etc.
Duets: organ music (organs (2)); organ music (4 hands)
Organ with other instruments: organ with orchestra; [instrument(s)] and organ music, e.g. trumpet and organ music; trios (organ, [instrument], [instrument]) e.g. trios (organ, trumpet, trombone); quartets (organ, [various combinations]); etc.

 

Similar for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets.


 

Selected Bibliography: Music, Recordings, Writings

Arnold, Corliss Richard. Organ Literature: A Comprehensive Survey. 3rd ed. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1995. Ref. ML600 .A753 1995

Hettinger, Sharon L. American Organ Music of the Twentieth Century: An Annotated Bibliography of Composers. Warren, MI: Harmonie Park Press, 1997. Ref. ML106 .U3 H47

Kratzenstein, Marilou.Survey of Organ Literature and Editions.Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1980. Ref. ML600 .K73

Lovelace, Austin C. The Anatomy of Hymnody. New York: Abingdon Press, 1965. BV335 .L89

Lovelace, Austin C. The Organist and Hymn Playing. Rev ed. Carol Stream, IL:Agape, 1981. MT180 .L68 O6

Lukas, Viktor. A Guide to Organ Music. Translated by Anne Wyburd from the fifth edition; with addenda by Lee Garrett; Reinhard G. Pauly, general editor. Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 1989. MT140 .L84

Ochse, Orpha Caroline. Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994. ML624 .O25

Sonnaillon, Bernard. King of Instruments: A History of the Organ, trans. Stewart Spencer. New York: Rizzoli, 1985. ML550 .S66

Stauffer, George, and Ernest May, ed. J.S. Bach as Organist: His Instruments, Music, and Performance Practices. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986. ML410 .B12 J23

Williams, Peter, and Barbara Owen. Organ. London: Macmillan, 1988. ML550 .W385

  

    

Classification Numbers for Books about the Organ

 Ref. ML128 .O6  Organ bibliographies
 ML550  General works
 ML552-597  Construction: general works; by time period; by region or country; individual instruments; special parts
 ML600-649  Music and playing: general works; by time period; by region or country; forms and types of music

 

 

Selected Periodicals

 The American Organist (1979–)  ML1 .M74
 Ars Organi (1969–)  ML5 .A68
 The Hymn (1949--)  ML1 .H99
 The Organ (1921--)  ML5 .O68
 The Organ Yearbook (1970--)  ML5 .O683
 L’Organo (1960--)  ML5 .O684
 The Tracker (1956--)  ML1 .T75

 

 

Selected Internet Resources

 American Guild of Organists  www.agohq.org
 Göteborg International Organ Academy  www.organacademy.se
 Organ Focus  www.organfocus.com
 Organ Historical Society  www.organsociety.org
 Pipe Organ Education Project  http://nersp.nerdc.ufl.edu/~bodinew
 St. Sulpice  www.stsulpice.com
 Westfield Center  www.westfield.org

 



last updated: 7/26/2013