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Reviewed by Melissa Potter, Master of Music student.

American Guild of Organists
Find information on The American Organist Magazine plus competitions and conventions, education and certification, professional development, salary guides, recommended links, and more. Access the Web site of the Louisville chapter under “Links.”
Church Music
“This site deals with the Church Music in the Reformed Churches* and the role of the organ.” Offers helpful information on pre-service music, the liturgical year, etc. Links to sites for organ shoes, sheet music, more.
Organ Focus
Concerts, articles, lists of links, recommended music, etc.
Pipe Organs
Information about pipe organs relevant to today’s churches; good directory.

selected library holdings – current periodicals

The American Organist. New York, American Guild of Organists. Am35org

Choir & Organ. London: Orpheus Publications, 1993. C452oiao

Church Music Quarterly. Croydon, Eng: Royal School of Church Music. C475hmurq

Diapason. Des Plaines, IL, etc., Scranton Gillette Communications, inc., etc. D542

ISO Journal (International Society of Organbuilders). Li?ge, Belgium: ISO Publications,1998. In8nasoj

L’Organo. Brescia [Italy]: Gruppo musicale “Girolamo Frescobaldi”, 1960-. Or3gor

The Organ. London: Musical Opinion. Or3ga

The Organ Yearbook. Laaber: Laaber-Verlag. Or3gaaye

Pedalpoint. Nashville, Tenn.: Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, c1981-. P34alp (available at Music/AV Library Desk)

The Tracker. [Richmond, Va., etc.], Organ Historical Society. T673ke

selected library holdings – books, scores, and audiovisuals by topic

american organs

Edwards, Lynn, ed. The Historical Organ in America. Easthampton: Westfield, 1992. 786.5.H629o

Gellerman, Robert F. The American Reed Organ: Its History, How it Works, How to Rebuild It. Vestal, NY: Vestal, 1973. 786.94.G282a

Ochse, Orpha. The History of the Organ in the United States. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1975. 786.6273.Oc3h

Ogasapian, John K. Church Organs: A Guide to Selection and Purchase. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1983. 786.6.Og1c

Pape, Uwe. Organs in America. Berlin: Pape Verlag, 1982. 786.6273.Or3i, vols.

Pape, Uwe. The Tracker Organ Revival in America. U. Pape, 1978? 786.63.P197t


Edson, Jean Slater. Organ Preludes. Metuchen, NY: Scarecrow, 1970. 016.7868.Ed770 2 vols. w/supplement

Liebenow, Walther M. Rank on Rank. Minneapolis: Martin, 1973. 016.7865.L621b

Sollenberger, Elizabeth. Organ Compositions of the Twentieth Century. Chapel Hill: Hinshaw Music, 1980. 016.7868.So460

Spelman, Leslie P. Organ Plus: A Catalogue of Ensemble Music for Organ and Instruments. 4th ed. Edited by Jayson Rod Engquist. New York: American Gild of Organists, 1992. 016.7866.Sp32o1977

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history & construction

Andersen, Poul-Gerhard. Organ Building and Design. Translated by Joanee Curnutt. London: Allen & Unwin, 1969. 786.63.An22oEc

Donahue, Thomas. The Modern Classical Organ. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1991. 786.5.D714m

Douglass, Fenner. The Language of the Classical French Organ: A Musical Tradition before 1800. Rev. and expanded ed. New Haven: Yale UP, 1995. 786.8.D747L1995

Hill, Arthur George. The Organ-cases and Organs of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Hilversum, Frits Knuf, 1966. 786.6.H55o

Leet, Leslie. An Introduction to the Organ. Cranford, NJ: Allen, 1940. 786.63.L518r

Noehren, Robert. An Organist’s Reader: Essays. Warren, MI: Harmonie Park, 1999. 786.5.N681o

Sorge, Georg Andreas. The Secretly Kept Art of the Scaling of Organ Pipes. Translated by Carl O. Bleyle. Buren: Frits Knuf, 1978. 786.63.So68gEb

The Organ. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities, 1997. VT 5429 (VHS)

Thistlethwaite, Nicholas and Geoffrey Webber, eds. The Cambridge Companion to the Organ. Cambridge: CambridgeUP, 1998. 786.62.C144c

Thistlethwaite, Nicholas. The Making of the Victorian Organ. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1999. 786.6242.T349m

Williams, Peter F. A New History of the Organ from the Greeks to the Present Day. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1980. 786.62.W674n

Williams, Peter F. The European Organ, 1450-1850. London: B.T. Batsford, 1966. 786.624.W474e, 1982 (1966)

Williams, Peter F. The King of Instruments: How Churches Came to Have Organs. London: SPCK, 1993. 786.5.W674k

Williams, Peter F. The Organ in Western Culture, 750-1250. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993. 7786.6.W674o

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methods & techniques

Bender, Jan. Organ Improvisation for Beginners: A Book of Self-Instruction for Church Musicians: op. 59.St. Louis: Concordia, 1975. MT 191.I5B432

Geer, E. Harold. Organ Registration in Theory and Practice. Glen Rock, NJ: J. Fischer, 1957. 786.7.G271o

Gleason, Harold. Method of Organ Playing. Edited by Catharine Crozier Gleason. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1996. 786.7.G473m1996

Johnson, David N. Instruction Book for Beginning Organists. n.p. Augsburg, 1964. 786.73.J631i

Johnson, David N. Organ Teacher’s Guide. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1971. 786.7.J631o

Krapf, Gerhard. Liturgical Organ Playing. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1964. 786.7.K863-l

Krapf, Gerhard. Organ Improvisation: A Practical Approach to Chorale Elaborations for the Service. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967. 781.65.K863o

Krapf, Gerhard. The Organ Handbook. Translated by Gerhard Krapf. Saint Louis: Concordia, 1969. 786.6.K699bEk

Lovelace, Austin C. The Organist and Hymn Playing. Rev. ed. Carol Stream: Agape, 1981. 786.7.L942o (1981)

Overduin, Jan. Making Music: Improvisation for Organists. New York: Oxford UP, 1998. MT 191.15.Ov2

Peeters, Flor. Ars Organi. Bruxelles: Schott, (1953-54). MT 182.P347a 3 vols.

Phillips, Gordon. Articulation in Organ-Playing. New York: Edition Peters, 1961. MT 180.P543.a

Ragatz, Oswald G. Organ Technique: A Basic Course of Study. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1979. 786.7.R1260

Ritchie, George. Organ Technique: Modern and Early. New York: Oxford UP, 2000. 786.7.R51o 2000

Soderlund, Sandra. Organ Technique: An Historical Approach. Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, 1980. 786.7.So160

Woolard, Margot Ann Greenlimb, ed. Daniel Gottlob Turk on the Role of the Organist in Worship (1787). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2000. 786.5.7847d

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organ builders

Douglass, Fenner. Cavaill?-Coll and the Musicians: A Documented Account of His First Thirty Years in Organ Building. Raleigh: Sunbury, 1980. 786.6.C253d, 2 vols.

Ferguson, John Allen. Walter Holtkamp, American Organ Builder. Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 1979. 786.63.H744F

Douglass, Fenner, Owen Jander and Barbara Owen, eds. Charles Brenton Fisk: Organ Builder. Easthampton, MA: Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies, 1986. 786.63.F54c, 2 vols.

Reinburg, Peggy Kelley. Arp Schnitger, Organ Builder: Catalyst for the Centuries. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1982. 786.63.Sch59a

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Arnold, Corliss Richard. Organ Literature: A Comprehensive Survey. 3rd ed. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1995. 016.7868.Ar 64o 1995 (2 vols.)

Cox, Geoffrey. Organ Music in Restoration England. New York: Garland, 1989. 786.80942.C839o 2 vols.

Hardwick, Peter. British Organ Music of the Twentieth Century. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2003. 786.80904.H222b

Hettinger, Sharon L. American Organ Music of the Twentieth Century. Warren, MI: Harmonie Park, 1997. 016.7865.H475a

Kirby, F. E. A Short History of Keyboard Music. New York: Free Press, 1966. 786.09.K631s

Kratzenstein, Marilou. Survey of Organ Literature and Editions. Ames: Iowa State UP, 1980. 786.8.K867s

Ochse, Orpha. Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1994. 786.50944.Oc3o

Phillips, Gordon. Anthology of Organ Music from the XVIth to the XXth Century. New York: Edition Peters, 1957-1965. M7.P543.An81 6 vols. (and) M7.P54.A5

Routh, Francis. Early English Organ Music from the Middle Ages to 1837. London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1973. 786.80942.R765e

Shannon, John R. Organ Literature of the Seventeenth Century. Raleigh: Sunbury, 1978. 786.8.Sh19o

Smith, Rollin. Toward an Authentic Interpretation of the Organ Works of C?sar Franck. New York: Pendragon, 1983. 786.5.F847s

Steed, Graham. The Organ Works of Marcel Dupr?. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon, 1999. 786.8.D928s

Williams, Peter F. The Organ Music of J.S. Bach. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1980-1984. 786.5.B122js, 3 vols.

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theatre organs

Junchen, David L. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ. Pasadena, CA: Showcase, 1985. 786.6.J952e vols.

Landon, John W. Behold the Mighty Wurlitzer. Westport, CN: Greenwood, 1983. 786.6.L236b