Uses: Identify harpsichord music from the 18th century. Provides edition and manuscript information.
Coverage: 1699-1780. Includes printed works by composers born or trained in any French province, regardless of publication location.
Organization: By composer. Each composer entry contains lists of pieces, editions, facsimiles, and brief abstracts for the pieces or editions. Contains appendices for lists of manuscripts, a biographical index, and titles of all pieces in the inventory. Lists included are according to music by medium and chronology.
Pros: Indexes make it easier to find information
Cons: Heavily abbreviated.
Use: Introduction to organ literature and its development, and also a biographical catalog of composers. Includes information on the composers’ works and on the various publications of the pieces.
Coverage: Organ literature mainly from Western Europe, the United States and Canada from about 1300 A.D. to the present (1995). Compositions surveyed are 1) frequently used in recitals and church services, 2) prominently listed in national and international dictionaries of composers, and 3) listed in American and foreign publishers’ catalogs. Authors of organ methods and editors of organ music are not listed. Also, a few people are included who, although do not have music currently in publication, were influential in the development of the organ and organ literature.
The information included in this survey is divided by volume:
Volume 1: covers literature and volume 2 covers the composers. The information in volume 1 is arranged by geographical areas, with the exceptions of a chapter on “Early Works, Manuscripts, and Tablatures in Western Europe,” a chapter on “Bach,” and one on “Other European Schools of Organ Composition since 1800.” Each chapter has a brief history of the organ and musical styles of the area, reference notes and a bibliography. The appendix after the body of the survey deals with the organ works of Bach, giving a table of various editions, cross-referencing the volumes and pagination. After the appendix is a long bibliography and an index.
Volume 2: begins with information on using the catalog, listings of anthologies of organ music, definitions of the abbreviations used, a directory of publishers and the biographical catalog. The entries are arranged alphabetically by the composer’s surname, with a very brief biography and a list of works. The works are listed alphabetically.
Pros: One of, if not the most complete surveys of organ literature, invaluable to the organist. Provides referencing to publishers as well as cross-referencing the various editions of Bach’s works.
Cons: There is no index referencing work titles to composer.
Review: Engquist, Jason Rod. Organ Literature: A Comprehensive Survey. The American Organist 30 (Jan 1996): 67-68.
Edson, Jean Slater. Organ Preludes, An Index to Compositions on Hymn Tunes, Chorales, Plainsong Melodies, Gregorian Tunes and Carols, 2 vols. Metuchan, New Jersey: The Scarecrow Press, 1970. Mus Ref ML 128 .O6 E4
Use: Provide a readily available list of all compositions written for organ based on chorales, etc., and to index these under the various names by which they may be known.
Coverage: Any piece written for organ based on a chorale, etc. Includes pieces known to have been written but are now lost or out-of-print.
Volume I: lists materials alphabetically by composer. Gives, if possible,
the composer’s nationality, birth and death dates, titles of pieces
Volume II: lists names of tunes alphabetically. Gives names of composers who have written on that tune. If tune has two or more names, one is chosen as the “master name” and others are cross-referenced to it. Includes incipit and a source for each tune.
Pros: Extensive listings of organ works, larger than similar books previously printed. Supplement printed in 1974, gives more information.
Cons: No supplement has been printed since 1974.
Use: Index to several different editions of published organ music based on chorales. These editions include Schott, Bärenreiter, Boosey, and Novello, among others. Also useful for finding the original foreign language title of a chorale listed only by its English title.
Coverage: Organ music based on chorales written in the western European tradition since the Baroque era. Germany, America/England, Holland, French, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway are all considered.
Organization: Divided into three major parts. 1) Works based on Chorales. These are first subdivided by chorales based entirely on German text/ hymns, then by chorales written outside of Germany. These entries include title, composer, and publisher information. 2) Index of Editions. This is Subdivided first by organ solos and then by mixed instrumentation. These two categories are in turn subdivided by books by a single composer, and collections containing compositions by many composers. The same entry information is included. 3) Alphabetical Index by first lines. This final section indexes chorales by locale. Chapter one deals with German speaking areas, chapter two, by English speaking areas. The English chapter also contains two indexes to tunes and first lines in the English language, with cross-references by number over to the original foreign language chorale. The following chapters in this section list the chorales in Holland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway.
Cons: Outdated coverage. Confusing publication abbreviations, whose use is not clearly explained.
Lukas, Viktor. A Guide to Organ Music, 5th ed., rev. and enl. Translated by Anne Wyburd. Addenda by Lee Garrett. Ed. Reinhard G. Pauly. Portland, Or.: Amadeus Press, c1989. MT 140 .L84 1989 (Stacks NOT Music Reference)
Use: Becoming familiar with major organ composers ranging from the medieval composer Paul Hofhaimer (1459) to William Albright (1944). Also useful for studying their essential works.
Coverage: Composers in the Western European and North American organ tradition from the Renaissance to the present.
Organization: By composers birth date. Each entry includes a brief biography and cites selected works, with some discussion. A list of publishers follow. An additional Chapter focuses on 20th century composers, while Lee Garrett’s addenda focuses on British and American Composers. Information on basic organ construction and a glossary of terms is also included. An integrated index of composers and their works completes the volume.
Pros: List of publishers given, which is helpful. Addenda by Lee Garrett keeps it up-to-date.
Cons: Very incomplete. No bibliography.
Cho, Robert W., ed. Organ Music in Print, supp. Music-In-Print, vol. 3t. Philadelphia: Musicdata Inc., 1997. Mus Ref ML 128 .O6 F7 1997
Daugherty, F. Mark, ed. Organ Music in Print, supp. Music-In-Print, vol. 3s. Philadelphia: Musicdata Inc., 1990. Mus Ref ML 128 .O6 F7 1984
Frankel, Walter A., and Nancy K. Nardone., ed. Organ Music in Print, 2d ed. Music-In-Print, vol.3. Philadelphia: Musicdata Inc., 1984. Mus Ref ML 128 .O6 F7 1984
Nardone, Thomas R., ed. Organ Music in Print. Music-In-Print, vol.3. Philadelphia: Musicdata Inc., 1975. Mus Ref ML 128 .O6 N37
Organ Music in Print. Master index. Music-In-Print, vol. 3x. Philadelphia: Musicdata Inc., 1997. Mus Ref ML 128 .O6 F7 1997
Use: Index to organ music currently published. Several different editions are represented.
Coverage: International list of publishers of organ music, including Eastern and Western Europe, North and South America, Australia, and some Asian countries. Lists multiple editions for each piece.
Organization: Integrated alphabetical entries by both composer and title. Both uniform and structured titles listed, including thematic catalog numbers. Larger sources (compilations, complete works, etc.) listed. Generic information about the composition given. Specific information about the editions given. This includes arranger, published title (if different from uniform title), duration, difficulty (assigned by the publisher), format, publisher, publication number, and price.
Pros: Cross–references within the index proper from individual pieces to anthologies that contain them. Annual supplements. Master index to supplements as of 1997.
Pearce, Charles William. The Organist's Directory to the Accompaniment of Divine Service with a Full List of Voluntaries Appropriate to Every Sunday and Holy Day in the Christian Year. Boston: T.J. Donlan, . Mus Ref ML 600 .P35
Use: Selection of appropriate voluntaries for each Sunday of the liturgical year. Includes instruction on their proper use.
Coverage: Introductory, communion, and closing voluntaries listed for every week of the Episcopal liturgical year. Voluntaries appropriate for special services such as marriages, funerals, and dedications also cited.
Organization: Several instructional chapters devoted to instructing the organist in appropriate Episcopal church playing (solo organ playing, survey of the Book of Common Prayer, accompanying of chants and hymns, accompanying services and anthems, extemporaneous organ playing, organ accompaniment of masses, cantatas, etc.). Chapter II, which makes up the majority of the text, is a list of voluntaries for the Christian year. Each week contains a phrase introducing the theme of the week and a list of bible lessons to read. This is followed by introductory voluntaries, communion voluntaries, and closing voluntaries cited by title, composer, publisher, volume, and page number.
Cons: Very old; outdated publication information. Merely a sampling of available English voluntary literature.
Use: Identifying published solo and small ensemble organ literature, including transcriptions for organ, by genre.
Coverage: Many different genres of organ literature, both solo and small ensemble, including technical studies and didactic works, that were in print in 1924.
Organization: Divided into eight sections which include technical studies, classical organ solo literature (sonatas, fantasies, suites, preludes and fugues, etc.), organ with instruments, transcriptions for organ solo, Vocal with organ accompaniment, etc. These are subdivided by composer’s last name. Each entry contains thematic catalog number and title of work with a brief description and publishers information.
Pros: Organization by genre is useful.
Cons: Very outdated publication information. Not a wide international range of publishers.
Weigl, Bruno. Handbuch der Orgel-Literatur: Vollst Ändige Umarbeitung des Führers durch die Orgelliteratur. Edited by Kothe-Forchhammer. Revised by O. Burkert. Compiled with critical commentary and provided with gradations of difficulty by Bruno Weigl. Leipzig: F. E. C. Leuckart, 1931. Mus Ref ML 128 .O6 W28
Use: Identifying organ music by genre and locating publisher’s information.
Coverage: Organ music of the Western European tradition currently in print. Catalogued by genre. Includes major forms such as sonatas, suites, canons, fugues, fugues, etc. Also lists music for organ and instruments, singers, etc.
Organization: Each chapter is dedicated to a particular genre (Organ with stringed instruments, organ and voice, etc.)Most chapters are subdivided by works originally for organ and transcriptions/arrangements to organ, however, the chapters dealing with organ and instruments are subdivided by instrument. Entries are arranged alphabetically by composer. Each entry gives title, instrumentation (if any), and publishers information. Brief commentary is included only selectively.
Pros: Organization by genre is useful.
Cons: Very old and outdated publishers information. Publishers represented are only of the Western European and North American tradition. Many advertisements.
ed. Thematic Guide to Piano Literature, 4 vols.
See Guides to Composers and Their Works - Thematic Catalogs
Uses: To identify suitable piano repertoire and listings of publishers.
Coverage: International in scope. Current to 1987 for published solo piano music.
Organization: Main body listed by composer with brief biographical sketches. All solo works are listed separately, and in collections, if they exist in this form also. Publisher and dates are given. Grading of difficulty is listed with comments about the piece. Related articles about the pieces are noted at the end of each entry. This also has anthologies from different countries. Appendices of historical recital programs, black, and woman composers and also given.
Pros: These are extensive listings. Gradings and descriptions are useful. User friendly. This is the pianist’s “bible.”
Use: A bibliography of piano transcriptions in collections. Useful in selecting suitable material of this genre.
Coverage: International composers. Current through 1990. Includes published, non-pedagogical pieces by well-known composers. Includes solo, duet, two piano, and one-hand pieces.
Organization: By composer and transcriber. Works are listed under the original composer and cross-referenced to the transcriber. Each entry has publisher information and comments about the piece. Includes lists of agents, publishers, addresses, and a complete bibliography.
Pros: Pieces are graded for difficulty. Bibliography provides many additional guides to music of this type.
Use: A helpful guide for locating piano literature of composers of specific countries and specific time periods.
Coverage: Bulk of information covers 19th and 20th centuries. A limited amount of information is contained in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Not a specific criteria for countries listed for each time frame. Covers many composers, but not a complete biography for each.
Organization: Chronologically listed by century, from 16th to 20th. Subheadings include specific countries, listed in no particular order. Composers are listed in chronological order. Appendix includes alphabetical listing of composers. A list of works follows each composer biography.
Pros: Extensive information on 19th and 20th century composers.
Cons: Unclear subject headings: two 19th and 20th centuries are listed.
Use: To identify piano music in print and find literature about the art of playing the piano. Useful in finding rare books and building repertoire lists.
Coverage: Approx. 1798-1978. Complete address information for publishers. International coverage. Includes piano music in print. Literature on the piano is limited to works published in English selected from piano-related topics.
Organization: In two parts. Part I is piano music in print. This is divided into composer and title indexes, and further into genres of piano music. Part II is literature on the pianistic art. It is grouped according to author and title. Within these it is subdivided into categories of the pianistic art, such as pedaling techniques, performance practice, etc. Includes a piano reader’s book guide.
Pros: User friendly with many diagrams to explain the volume. Includes a useful piano reader’s guide listing books about the piano.
Cons: Somewhat outdated.
Use: A catalog of piano solo and ensemble works by black women composers. Intended to provide practical assistance to teachers/performers seeking to assess the contributions of black women.
Coverage: Annotated listing of piano works by black women composers. Contains only non-vocal piano music. Does not include improvised piano works. Composers are all Afro-American and were selected through research in library collections and interviews of musicians in Chicago, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
Organization: Listed alphabetically by last name of composers, followed by an alphabetical listing of piano solo works by title and piano ensemble works by title. Works specifically seen by the author are listed in bold print. Entries are listed by composer’s name, date/place of birth, education, professional experience, types of works composed, address for obtaining composer’s music (if available), and a complete listing of each composers works. Also contains a Selected Discography with information on recordings of the listed music and a Selected Biography.
Pros: Song annotations provide details such as tempo marking, key signature, and a brief song description. Useful for recital programming when a score has not yet been obtained.
Cons: Coverage is limited only to black women composers living in America.