This research guide helps you search and browse for books and scores for your main instrument (listed on list on the left)
Each page for your individual instrument starts with the Library of Congress classification system for books and scores relevant to each instrument, allowing you to browse the shelves of the library.
The classification system uses call numbers to place items on a physical shelf, and items are also given multiple subject headings, a controlled language that describes the contents of items. For printed music, each call number describes a musical genre or performing ensemble, which is then organized alphabetically by the composer's last name. Subject headings are used for searching in catalogs and databases, while call numbers are useful for finding materials and browsing physical shelves.
The Performing Arts Collection can be found on the Second Floor of Campbell Library. Here, you will find all of the scores, CDs, and most of the reference books (encyclopedias, special music dictionaries, catalogs, and introductory research books), and some of the books on music education and performance. The Performing Arts Collections houses all of the items with call numbers starting with just the letter M, all of the scores and most of the books starting with MT, and some books starting with ML.
The Fourth Floor of Campbell Library contains the majority of our books on music history, music performance, music education, the music industry, and music therapy. These include almost all of the books starting with ML and some books starting with MT. Check with a librarian or a library worker to see where your resources might be located.
Sub-pages under each tab also offer selected primary and secondary source bibliographies.
If you need more help, please ask the Performing Arts Librarian.
|M6||Collections, mixed (original works and arrangements; more than one composer)|
|M7||General collections (one composer)|
|M9||Suites, Variations, and Cyclical Works|
|M10||Fugues (with or without preludes)|
|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|
|M180-181||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 the full classification schedule.
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:
|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|
|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.
Arnold, Corliss Richard. Organ Literature: A Comprehensive Survey. 3rd ed. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1995. Ref. ML600 .A76 1995
Lovelace, Austin C. The Anatomy of Hymnody. New York: Abingdon Press, 1965. BV335.L6
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. PAC MT 140 L954R2 1989
Ochse, Orpha Caroline. Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994. ML624 .O25 1994
Sonnaillon, Bernard. King of Instruments: A History of the Organ, trans. Stewart Spencer. New York: Rizzoli, 1985. ML550.S713 1985
Thistlethwaite, Nicholas, and Geoffrey Webber (eds.). The Cambridge Companion to the Organ. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. ML550 .C35 1998
|Ref. ML128 .O6||Organ bibliographies|
|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|