Find Repertoire for Organ

Find a Known Piece of Music

Consult the Helpful Hints section on the main Finding Repertoire page or download the Organ Handout PDF.

Browse the Shelves for Music

Most, but not all, organ music can be found in the following areas:
Call Numbers Description
M 6 - 19 organ alone
M 8 sonatas
M 10 fugues with or without preludes
M 180 - 181 one or more organs, two or more players
M 182 - 186 organ and one other instrument
M 1005 organ with full orchestra, concertos
M 1006 organ with second keyboard reduction of concertos, etc.
M 1108 organ with strings, concertos
M 1109 organ with second keyboard reduction of concertos, etc. for organ and strings
MT 180 - 208 studies, methods, technique, etc.
MT 187 pedal techniques

Additional information regarding call numbers can be found at Music Cataloguing at Yale: Call Numbers.

Search by Subject

A SUBJECT search is NOT the same as a KEYWORD search. Library of Congress Subject Headings are assigned by cataloguers.

WARNING: If, for example, you use the Subject "organ music" you will find miscellaneous solo works only!

Most music will be found under the subject heading for a specific genre.

Words or terms from Subject Headings may be used in KEYWORD searching.

Ensembles Using the Organ

Consult the sections on String, Woodwind, Piano, and Brass Ensembles.

Organ Music Found in the Solo Music Reference Collection

Much unusual and twentieth-century music for the organ may be found in the Solo Music Reference Collection housed in the Choral/Band/Orchestral Music Library. The general classification number for trombone music in the SMRC is MUS 4006.

Suggested Sources for Repertoire Lists

Periodicals for Organists

History of the Organ and Organ Music

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Ref ML 100.G8 2001
- on the Dictionary Table.
Detailed and scholarly information on the history of the organ and the extensive organ repertory.

Long considered to be the premier English-language resource for classical or Western art music, New Grove II contains information on popular music performers and genres, world music, jazz and 20th-century music.

GROVEMUSIC - The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [online] 

Grovemusic provides access to the full text of:

  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd. ed., 29 vols., published in 2001 (25 million words; 29,000 articles), plus the complete text of
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992),
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition, 
  • The Norton Grove Dictionary of Women Composers (1994), 
  • The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition (2013), and
  • The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition (2014)

Grovemusic contains cross-references, illustrations, bibliographies, biographies, composers' works lists, and links to some sound files.

Long considered to be the premier English-language resource for classical or Western art music, New Grove II contains information on popular music performers and genres, world music, jazz and 20th-century music. Grovemusic contains cross-references, illustrations, bibliographies, biographies, composers' works lists, and links to some sound files.

Williams, Peter, Barbara Owen. The New Grove Organ. New York: W.W. Norton, 1988. ML550.W378 1988

Recordings of Organ Music