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Organ Resources

Locate information and materials related to the organ in the Music Library

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085


This is a guide designed to help you locate information and materials related to the organ. It is not a complete bibliography, but rather indicates key resources and types of materials that may be useful when seeking information in this area. It can act as a starting point for your research and as a reference point that you can revisit in the future. Along the left side are tabs to direct you to information regarding book, score, audio and video recording, article, periodical and other online resources for the organ.

All listed items are available in the Music Library. Consult the Library Catalog for complete holdings information and availability of materials. If you need assistance, a music librarian will be happy to help you. Also, if you have recommendations for other resources on the organ that are not owned by the Music Library, please let us know.

Subject Headings

Below are some examples of subject headings related to the organ which may be useful when searching or browsing in the Library Catalog Search.

To search subject headings in Library Catalog, go to the "Advanced" search page and select Subject in the pull-down menu next to the search field. Enter any one of the headings in the list below into the search field. Use quotes around phrases for more precise results.

Books and Periodicals

Scores, Recordings and Videorecordings

For chamber ensemble music, you can search "Trios" (or quartets, etc.) together with "organ" to browse items with mixed instrumentation. Please note that these terms are starting points which can lead you to more specific subject headings connected to items that include organ within their instrumentation.

Call Number Areas

Below are some selected call number ranges where organ materials may be located. You can browse the shelves or consult the Library Catalog for a more specific listing of materials by call number.

M 6-14.5 Solo organ music
M 180-181 Duets: Organs
M 182-186 Duets: Organ and additional instrument
M 300-304 Trios: Organ and two additional instruments
M 400-404 Quartets: Organ and three additional instruments
M 500-504 Quintets: Organ and four additional instruments
M 600-604 Sextets: Organ and five additional instruments
M 700-704 Septets: Organ and six additional instruments
M 800-804 Octets: Organ and seven additional instruments
M 900-904 Nonets: Organ and eight additional instruments
M 1005 Organ with orchestra (full scores)
M 1006 Organ with orchestra (piano reductions)
M 1108 Organ with string orchestra (full scores)
M 1109 Organ with string orchestra (piano reductions)
M 2060-2080 Sacred choruses with organ
ML 549.8-647 Organ history and criticism
MT 180-198 Organ instruction and study, studies and exercises, and methods
ML 102 .O7 Organ dictionaries
ML 128 .O6
Z 6814 .O8
Organ bibliographies

To search by call number in the Library Catalog, select "Call number starts with" in the pull-down menu in the Advanced search page and enter the beginning of a call number (ex., M 7 .B12).