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Organ Resources

About the Music Collection
About the Organ Collection
Browse the Shelves
     Music Scores
        Printed Scores
        CD-ROM Scores
        Organ Sheet Music Collection
     Instruction Books
     Other Books
     Sound Recordings
Search the Catalog
     Scores and sound recordings
     Instruction books
     Other books
Periodicals
Databases
     Listen online
     Music scores online
     Music history and indexes
Web Resources
Hours/Contact us

About the Music Collection

The Music Collection of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) is one of the outstanding public library music collections in the United States, with close to 80,000 books and scores; 28,000 recordings; 400 periodical, newsletter and serial titles; an expansive video and DVD collection; music scores in CD-ROM and online versions; online databases for research and listening to music; and numerous special files and indexes that cover all aspects of music, including material related to music in the Pittsburgh area.

About the Organ Collection

  • Over 10,000 organ music scores for classical and sacred (hymnals, service music) styles. Scores include CDROM collections of individual composer's works.
  • Our Organ Sheet Music Collection, a special collection of over 1300 works, some donated by local organists.
  • Over 1,000 classical (solo) organ and sacred music CDs.
  • Over 100 organ instructional books.
  • DVDs and videos of organ master classes/performances and performances of major choral works.
 

Browse the Shelves!

Music Scores

Music scores are available as Printed Scores, on CD-ROM or as Music Scores Online.

Printed Scores

Library of Congress Call Numbers ("q" indicates an oversized book)

(q) M6-7 Solo organ (miscellaneous collections, works of one composer or two composers)
(q) M8-10 Solo organ sonatas, symphonies, suites, variation forms, fugues with or without preludes
(q) M11 Solo organ pieces (separate works)
(q) M12-13 Solo organ arrangements (collections and separate works)
(q) M14-14.5 Organ accompaniments to hymns, psalms, chants; Liturgical music (general and for specific seasons or occasions)
(q) M14.8-14.85 Electronic organ works (collections and separate pieces)
(q) M15-19 Reed organ works
(q) M180-195 Organ duets (one or more organs, two or more players, includes reed organ pieces); organ and one other instrument
(q) M300-309 Organ and two other instruments
(q)M400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900 Organ and four, five, six, seven, eight, nine other instruments (especially works for organ and brass ensembles)
(q)M1005-1006 Organ with orchestra (includes full and reduced scores, cadenzas)
(q)M1108-1109 Organ with string orchestra
(q)M1999-2114.8 Sacred vocal music (includes oratorios, masses, cantatas, choruses, songs)
(q)M2115-2146 Hymnals
(q)M2147-2188 Liturgy and ritual (e.g. sacred texts for church services)
(q)M2190-2199 Sacred vocal music for children (e.g. pageants)

Dewey Decimal Call Numbers
(Dewey books and scores, with or without an "M," are interfiled)

(q) (M)783.1-783.9 Sacred Music (choral works, hymnals)
(q) (M)786.8 Organ music: general collections
(q) (M)786.81-786.87 Organ works by form (e.g. fugues)
(q) (M)786.9 Cabinet organ, melodeon

Please note that the range of Dewey call numbers indicates solo scores for this instrument. If looking for other works, please ask a librarian for assistance.

Music Score CD-ROMs

CD-ROM music scores can be found on the shelf in the "CD-ROM Collection." CD-ROM scores appear in the catalog as a Music Score with the words "electronic resource" after the title. To search in the catalog, use "Advanced Keyword." Enter the composer name and the words "electronic resource." Then limit the material type to Music Scores.

Organ Sheet Music Collection

This supplemental collection of over 1300 individual pieces of sheet music includes numerous gifts from distinguished Pittsburgh organists, including Caspar Koch, the Pittsburgh City Organist from 1904-1954. To access the list of works and find out how to borrow pieces, click here.

Music Scores Online

See Music Scores Online under Databases.

 

Instruction Books

Library of Congress Call Numbers ("q" indicates an oversized book)

(q)MT 180-208 Organ instruction, studies, and methods

Dewey Decimal Call Numbers
(Dewey books and scores, with or without an "M," are interfiled)

(q) (M)786.7 Instruction


Other Books

Library of Congress Call Numbers ("q" indicates an oversized book)

(q)ML549.8-649 Organ history and criticism, construction, repair (see ML549 for other early keyboard information)

Dewey Decimal Call Numbers
(Dewey books and scores, with or without an "M," are interfiled

(q) (M)786.5 Organ history
(q) (M)786.6 Construction, tuning, regulation


Sound Recordings

Sound recordings are available as CDs or to Listen online. Some historical recordings can also be found on LP and other formats.

CDs

Some organ-related CD categories (see "Browsing for CDs" for details):

Ch Choral Music
Co Concertos
Jz Jazz
Og Organ (classical sacred, popular)


Listen online

See Listen online under Databases

 

Search the Catalog

Below are examples of useful subject headings for searching in The Catalog. See "Catalog Tips for Music" for further help on searching.

Scores and sound recordings

(Scores and sound recordings use similar subject headings)

organ music
organ music arranged

organ music jazz
organ music ragtime (and so on)

organ music 4 hands
organ music organs 2 and organ music organs 2 arranged (for two organs)

organ music Germany
organ music France (works for anthologies… more results by composer search)

concertos organ
sonatas organ

flute and organ music OR flute and organ music scores and parts
violin and organ music OR violin and organ music scores and parts (and so on)

hymns accompaniments
hymns German
hymns French (and so on for other languages and ethnicities)
hymns Baptist
hymns Catholic Church (and so on for other denominations)

 

Instruction Books

organ musical instrument instruction and study
organ musical instrument methods
organ musical instrument studies and exercises

Other Books

organ musical instrument bibliography
organ musical instrument construction
organ musical instrument history
organ musical instrument registration
organ stops
organ musical instrument history
organ music history
organ music discography
organ music interpretation
organ musical instrument tuning

organists
organists biography

 

Periodicals

The Carnegie Library subscribes to the following piano periodicals. These can only be used in the library.

The American Organist (U.S., 1979 to date)
(**An earlier version of this journal was published from 1918-1970.)
Monthly. The official journal of the American Guild of Organists. Articles on performance practices, professional concerns and professional opportunities. A church and its organ are highlighted (with a full description of ranks, stops, etc.) in each issue as are facilities with restored instruments. Reviews of newly published works including sheet music, books and DVDs/videos.

The Diapason (U.S., 1913 to date)
Monthly. Similar in scope to American Organist. A publication for the professional organists/church musician. News from around the world of organ music and musicians is featured. Feature articles highlight organists of the past and present. Organ builders are also a huge focus of the journal, and specific instruments are fully described. Reviews of newly published sheet music (choral and solo organ) and recordings.

 

Databases

Music Research

Remote Access (CLP Card)
Everything you need to know about virtually any jazz record ever released. The Jazz Discography gives you accurate, detailed information on over 100 years of recorded jazz in all genres.
JSTOR (CLP Only)
NO Remote Access
Full-text archives of many core scholarly journals, particularly in the humanities, social sciences & music.
Main Library Access Only. NO Remote Access
lists currently available printed music.
Remote access (CLP Card)
Citations to articles appearing in music periodicals back to 1970. The Library owns paper copies of Music Index from 1949 - 1996.
Mobile App
Remote Access (CLP Card)
Salem History provides online access to Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century.
Remote Access (CLP Card)
Includes The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online (includes the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Grove Dictionary of Jazz and Grove Dictionary of Opera) and The Oxford Companion to Music.

>> More Music Resources...

Listen Online: Streaming Music

Remote Access (CLP card)
African American Song is now a part of American Song! To listen to historical recordings of African American music, visit American Song or Music Online Plus.
Remote Access (CLP card)
This site contains over 12,000 tracks (with more added regularly) that illustrate our country’s history through music. Songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children and many others are included. Of particular interest is the index by historical event.
Remote Access (CLP card)
Listen to classical music online
Remote Access (CLP card)
A new addition, this site aims to be one that “delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent.” Currently this constantly growing site features over 8,000 tracks of music from around the world.
DRAM Online
Digital Recordings of American Music
NO Remote Access
CLP-Main ONLY. A scholarly resource of recordings, including liner notes and essays, from New World Records, Composers Recordings (CRI) and other labels such as Albany, Frog Peak, Mode, and XI.
Only available within the Main Library of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
This site provides access to millions of songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. Download five free music tracks (MP3 format) from popular artists each week with no software to download and no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.
Log in with your library barcode number and PIN.
Remote Access (CLP card)
With over 130,000 tracks and featuring labels such as Fantasy and Prestige, Jazz Music Library is one of the largest collections of streaming jazz online.
Remote Access (CLP card)
Explore all of our Alexander Street Press music databases via the Music Online Plus interface. This portal lets you search and use materials from American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, Opera in Video and Smithsonian Global Sound without having to jump from database to database.
Remote access (CLP Card)
Listen to classical, jazz and world music online.
You must use the log out button when exiting this database, or future log-ins may be unsuccessful.
Remote access (CLP Card)
Listen to streaming audio of jazz music.
You must use the log out button when exiting this database, or future log-ins may be unsuccessful.
Remote Access (CLP card)
Opera in Video allows library cardholders to watch opera on demand and free of charge. This frequently updated database contains streaming video of great operas from the Baroque period through the 20th century as well as interviews and documentaries focusing on opera.
Remote Access (CLP card)
Listen to world, folk and traditional music online.

>> More Music Resources...

Music Scores Online

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Web Resources

  • American Guild of Organists
    Website for this paid membership organization. Provides information about professional certification, job concerns (e.g. salary, copyright law), conventions, academic programs and resources for children. Includes an online store for sheet music, books, DVDs/videos and compact discs.
  • OrganFax
    A large and comprehensive organ and keyboard-related directory.
  • Pittsburgh Chapter: American Guild of Organists
    The local version of the national organization. Hosts monthly meetings that frequently include a recital. Provides a forum for education and professional discussion. The chapter sponsors the Organ Artists Series, a concert series at various churches and the Pittsburgh Organ Academy, a training program for young organists.
 

Hours/Contact Us

Monday-Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday-Saturday 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday 12 -5 PM

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4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-622-3105
musicdept@carnegielibrary.org