Benson: Saint Cecilia (ca. 1550)


This guide is designed to help you find information about, and music for, the organ. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult our catalog and the catalogs for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!


Finding organ repertoire


Suggested call numbers for browsing our catalog or the shelf

Below are general call number ranges. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification Schedule in the book at the Reference Desk, and/or our catalog.


organ solo


miscellaneous collections


general collections – original compositions




suites and cyclical works


fugues with or without preludes


harmonium solo


one or more organs, two or more players


organ and one other instrument


harmonium and one other instrument


organ and two other instruments


harmonium and two other instruments


organ and three other instruments


harmonium and three other instruments

[follow for organ and four, five, six, etc., other instruments]


concertos with orchestra


concertos with orchestra (arranged)


concertos with string orchestra


concertos with string orchestra (arranged)


studies and methods (includes etudes)


studies and methods, children

Also, see the Piano, and Chamber Music guides.


Subject headings for organ music

Below are examples of some useful subject headings for use in our catalog.  For complete listings of headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (red books).


Headings for our Catalog

Headings for LP Catalog

organ music 

organ and [violin, horn etc.] 

organ with [band, orchestra etc.]

organ music organs 2

sonatas organ

Concertos organ

trios organ

[follow for quartets, quintets, sextets, etc.] 

Under “organ music”:








Print resources for Organ repertoire

Beckmann, Klaus. Repertorium Orgelmusik=A Bio-Bibliographical Index of Organ Music: Composers-Works-
          Editions, 1150-2000. 2 vol. Mainz: Schott, 2001. Ref. ML128.O6 B397 2001

La biblioteca de organo de Gerard A.C de Graaf. Colecciones singulares de la Biblioteca Nacional, no. 6.
          Madrid : Biblioteca Nacional, 2004. Ref. ML128.O6 B582 2004

Heinrich, Adel. Organ and Harpsichord Music By Women Composers: An Annotated Catalog. NY: Greenwood,
          1991. Art & Music Ref. ML128.O6 O73 1991

Henderson, John. A Directory of Composers for Organ, 3rd rev. and enl ed. Wiltshire, England: John Henderson,
          2005. Ref. ML128.O6 H496 D59 2005

Henshaw, W. B. A Bibliography of Organ Music. Portsmouth: Bardon Enterprises, 1996.
          Ref. ML128.O6 H526 1996

Hettinger, Sharon L. American Organ Music of The Twentieth Century: An Annotated Bibliography of Composers.
          Warren, MI: Harmonie Park Press, 1997. Ref. ML106 .U3 H59 1997

Laster, James H. Catalogue of Music for Organ and Instruments. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2005.
          Ref. ML128.O6 L349 2005

Lawrence, Joy E. The Organist’s Shortcut to Service Music: A Guide to Finding Intonations, Organ Compositions,
          and Free Accompaniments Based on Traditional Hymn Tunes. Cleveland: Ludwig Music, 1989
          Ref. ML128 .O68 L42 1989 v.1-2

Lohmann, Heinz. Handbuch der Orgelliteratur. Wiesbaden: Breitkopf und Hartel, 1975.
          Ref. ML128 .O68 L833H

Lukas, Viktor. A Guide to Organ Music; [translated by Anne Wyburd from the 5th edition ; with addenda by
          Lee Garrett ; Reinhard G. Pauly, general editor]. Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 1989.
          Ref. MT140 .L954 R29 1989

Sloane, Sally Jo. Music for Two or More Players at Clavichord, Harpsichord, Organ: An Annotated
          Bibliography. NY: Greenwood Press, 1991. Ref. ML128.K5 S634 1991

Spelman, Leslie P. Organ Plus: A Catalogue of Ensemble Music for Organ and Instruments. NY: American
          Guild of Organists, 1981. Ref. ML128 .O68 S7435 1981

Wasson, D. DeWitt. Hymntune Index and Related Hymn Materials, 3 vols. Studies in Liturgical Musicology, No. 6
          Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 1998. Ref. ML3186.W323 H996 1998


Online resources for Organ repertoire

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front


Finding information about the Organ


Grove Music Online:

Owen, Barbara, et al. “Organ.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, 
           accessed January 3, 2014, 


Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog  


Organ bibliographies


Books about the organ


Studies and methods


Studies and methods, children


Selected print resources on the organ

Arnold, Corliss Richard. Organ Literature: A Comprehensive Survey, 3rd ed. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1995. 
                    Ref. ML 600 .A752O 1995

Busch, Hermann J. and Matthias Geuting, eds. Lexikon der Orgel. Köthen: Laaber, 2007. Ref. ML102.O7 L679 2007 

Bush, Douglas E. and Richard Kassel, eds. The Organ: An Encyclopedia. New York : Routledge, 2006.
                    Ref. ML102.O7 O68 2006

Faber, Rudolf and Philip Hartmann, eds. Handbuch Orgelmusik: Komponisten, Werke, Interpretation. Kassel:
                    Bärenreiter, 2002. Ref. ML600 .H236 2002

Guillot, Pierre. Dictionnaire des organistes français des XIXe et XXe siècles. Sprimont: Mardaga, 2003.
                    Ref ML102.O7 G96 2003

Pape, Uwe and Wolfram Hackel. Lexikon norddeutscher Orgelbauer, Band 1 & 2. Berlin: Pape Verlag
                    Berlin, 2009. Ref. ML106.G3 L679 2009 Bd. 1-2




American Organist ML1 .M9A
Ars Organi
ML5 .A7815
Diapason ML1 .D53
Early Music ML5 .E12 (also full text in JSTOR, Oxford Journals Online, Project MUSE)
The Hymn ML1 .H996
International Society of Organbuilders Journal ML549.8 .I865
The Organ ML5 .O68
Organ Yearbook ML5 .O68.8
Organist-Bladet ML5 .O68B
Oranists’ Review ML5 .O687
L’Organo ML5 .O68o
The Tracker ML1 .T759

Current issues of periodicals are found alphabetically in the current periodicals room (third floor). For call numbers of older, bound issues, look in the Sibley Library Serials list (found on quick reference shelves).


Online resources about the organ

American Guild of Organists
Encyclopedia of Organ Stops
Organ Historical Society
Royal Canadian College of Organists


Compiled by P. Ponella, 7/95, Rev. 7/97; Rev. 9/99–12/07 by Jim Farrington; Rev. 12/03 by Rebecca McCallum; Rev. 1/14 by Jeff Weeks