Instrument and Voice Guides

Call numbers for organ music

  • 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-M14.5: Liturgical music (special seasons and occasions)
    • M14.8: Electronic organ music
  • M180-M186: Duets
    • M180-M181: One or more organs, two or more players
    • M182-M186: 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).

Concertos and similar pieces:

  • M1005: Organ with orchestra - full scores
  • M1005.5: Cadenzas for works for organ with orchestra
  • M1006: Organ with orchestra - piano reductions
  • M1108: Organ with string orchestra - full scores
  • M1108.5: Cadenzas for works for organ with string orchestra
  • 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

Subject headings for organ music

Use this list of subjects to get started searching in the Libraries catalog:

Solo organ music: 

  • sonatas (organ)
  • suites (organ)
  • variations (organ)
  • [fill in this blank with the genre of composition you're looking for] (organ)
  • organ music


  • organs (2)
  • organ music (4 hands)

Organ with other instruments:

  • organ with orchestra
  • [instrument(s)] and organ music
    • trumpet and organ music
    • violin and organ music
    • etc.
  • trios [use this subject heading to search for various combinations of instruments with organ]
    • trios (organ, trumpet, trombone)
    • trios (organ, violin, viola)
    • etc.
  • quartets (organ, [various instruments]) [this subject heading will lead you to combinations of organ and various instruments]
    • quartets (organ, bassoons)
    • quartets (organ, trumpets)
    • etc.
    • Follow this same pattern for quintets, sextets, septets, octets, and nonets

Find organ-specific scholarship online and in print through the Music Library

Want an overview of organ-related publications and lists of repertoire? 

Browse these call number ranges in the Music Library's Reference section (located on the low shelving in the front of the Library, across from the circulation desk) and General collections. If you need help locating any of these materials, just ask at the circulation desk!

  • ML128 .O6: Organ bibliographies
  • ML550: General works
  • ML552-M597: Construction: general works; by time period; by region or country; individual instruments; special parts
  • ML600-ML649: Music and playing: general works; by time period; by region or country; forms and types of music

Also, make sure to check out these specific titles:


Interested in browsing organ-specific journals? Check out these periodicals (current periodicals are just past the circulation desk in the rack on the wall, and older issues of print periodicals are located to your right when you first enter the Music Library):

  • L'Orgue
    • ​Available in print at the Music Library, Periodicals​​ section
  • The Organ Handbook: Conference Proceedings of the Organist Historical Society
    • ​Available in print at the Music Library, off-site storage (sign it and click "Get It" to request this item from storage)
  • The Organ Yearbook
    • ​Available in print at the Music Library, off-site storage (sign it and click "Get It" to request this item from storage)
  • Organists' Review
    • Available in print at the Music Library, Periodicals​​ section

Want to learn more about finding and accessing music materials like books, scores, and recordings?

Last Updated: Jun 8, 2022 1:08 PM