Organ Music & Research Resources

The Vox Humana Editorial Board has compiled the following list of resources about organ music around the world. If we have missed anything, or you know of a new project we should add, please write the Editor.


Digitized Manuscripts & Monumental Editions

As many libraries globally have digitized their music manuscripts, we can only list the largest online collections here. However, when looking for a particular source, check RISM first (see below) to find the holding institution, and then check that library's catalogue; if it is not online, we recommend you write the librarians, who are often very happy to help.

Bach Digital
Most of J.S. Bach's manuscripts, digitized by Bach-Archiv Leipzig. (DE)

British Library Digitised Manuscripts
Primary sources and scores digitized by the British Library. (UK)

Cantus Manuscript Database
Medieval plainchant manuscripts digitized by the University of Waterloo. (CA)
Useful for examining variants of canti firmi in early organ music, and for improvisation

Classical Scores Library
Collection of digitized scores. (US)

C.P.E. Bach: The Complete Works
New critical editions of the works of C.P.E. Bach. (US)

Digital Mozart Edition
Neue Mozart Ausgabe digitized by the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg. (AT)

Score manuscripts and primary sources digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. (FR)

IMSLP: International Music Score Library Project
One of the largest collections of digitized scores of works in public domain. (US)

Juilliard Manuscript Collection
Manuscripts owned and digitized by the Juilliard School of Music. (US)

RISM: Répertoire International des Sources Musicales
Database of extant music sources around the world. (FR)

Manuscripts owned and digitized by the University of Rochester. (US)

Yale Manuscripts and Archives Digital Images Database
Manuscripts owned and digitized by Yale University. (US)


Online Research Resources

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
Database of doctoral dissertations in musicology compiled by the American Musicological Association. (US)

Early Music Sources
Primary sources and iconography digitized by independent scholars and faculty at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. (CH)

Score manuscripts and primary sources digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. (FR)

GOArt: Göteborg Organ Art Center
Research center that integrated studies of instruments and performance; the institute is no longer active, but their materials are still available. (SE)

Grove Music Online/Oxford Music Online
Searchable encyclopedia of most topics in organ music. (UK)

MGG: Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
The German-language equivalent of Grove. (DE)

JSTOR: Journal STORage
Comprehensive library of digitized articles from peer-reviewed journals. Note that none of the organ-specific peer-reviewed journals are indexed here. (US)

RILM: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale
Comprehensive music bibliography database for secondary sources. (FR)

RIMAB: Recherche, Iconographie, Musique Ancienne Bâle
Large-scale research portal on research, iconography, and early music created by the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. (CH)

RISM: Répertoire International des Sources Musicales
Database of extant music sources around the world. (FR)

Searchable catalogue of most major libraries in the western world.


Peer-Reviewed Journals

There are many peer-reviewed journals that may include organ-related articles, so we cannot list every journal in existence. The most likely sources for organ-specific topics are listed below. Search JSTOR (see above) for specific queries, but note that several of these are not indexed in JSTOR, and therefore will not appear in their search results.

Acta Organologica
Annual journal of the Gesellschaft der Orgelfreunde, in German. (DE)

Bach Perspectives
Annual journal of the American Bach Society, published by University of Illinois Press. (US)

Early Music
Quarterly journal focusing on performance practice, published by Oxford University Press. (UK)

Historical Performance
Annual journal focusing on performance practice, published by Indiana University Press. (US)

JAMS: Journal of the American Musicological Society
Triannual journal of the American Musicological Society. (US)

Keyboard Perspectives
Annual journal of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. (US)

Music & Letters
Quarterly journal on general musicology, published by Oxford University Press. (UK)


Trade Magazines

Trade magazines are often publications of organ associations, and typically their tone aims toward a more general audience than peer-reviewed journals. There are many trade magazines that focus on church music and include organ topics, so we have only included publications in which the primary topic is the organ. The links below are all the English-language versions of the websites (where they exist), but note that most of these resources are generally best viewed in their original language.


ISO Journal: International Society of Organbuilders Journal
Triannual journal of the International Society of Organbuilders in English, French, and German. (BE)

Organ Canada | Orgue Canada
Quarterly journal of the Royal Canadian College of Organists in English and French. (CA)


The American Organist
Monthly journal of the American Guild of Organists. (US)

BIOS Journal: British Institute of Organ Studies Journal
Annual journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies. (UK)

The Diapason
Monthly independent journal. (US)

Choir & Organ
Monthly independent journal. (UK)

Journal of American Organbuilding
Quarterly journal of the American Institute of Organbuilders. (US)

RCO Journal: Royal College of Organists Journal
Annual journal of the Royal College of Organists. (UK)

The Organ
Quarterly independent journal. (UK)

Organ Historical Trust of Australia News
Quarterly journal of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia. (AU)

The Organ Yearbook [Website currently down]
Annual independent journal focusing on the organ, published by Laaber-Verlag. It was peer-reviewed until 1993; from then articles are published according to an editorial process. (DE)

The Sydney Organ Journal
Quarterly journal of the Organ Music Society of Sydney. (AU)

Theatre Organ
Bi-monthly journal of the American Theatre Organ Society. (US)

The Tracker
Quarterly journal of the Organ Historical Society. (US)


La Flûte Harmonique
Quarterly journal of the Association Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. (FR)

La Tribune de l'Orgue
Quarterly independent journal. (CH)

L'Orgue francophone
Biannual journal of the Fédération Francophone des Amis de l'Orgue. (FR)

Quartely journal of the Union Wallone des Organistes. (BE)

Musique Sacrée — l'Organiste
Journal of the Assocation Jeanne d'Arc; publication schedule unclear. (FR)


Ars Organi
Quarterly journal of the Gesellschaft der Orgelfreunde. (DE)

Die Hausorgel
Annual journal of the Arbeitskreis Hausorgel (committee of the Gesellschaft der Orgelfreunde), focusing on house organs. (DE)

Das mechanische Musikinstrument
Quarterly journal of the Gesellschaft für Selbstspielende Musikinstrumente, focusing on musical automatons. (DE)

Quarterly independent journal. (DE)

Das Orgelforum
Annual journal of the Österreichisches Orgelforum. (AT)

Quarterly journal of the Verein der Orgelfreunde. (AT)


Arte Organaria e Organistica
Triannual independent journal. (IT)

Arte Organaria Italiana
Annual journal of the Associazione Giuseppe Serassi. (IT)

Informazione Organistica
Biannual journal of the Fondazione accademia di musica italiana per organo. (IT)

Annual independent journal. (IT)

Organi Liguri
Annual independent journal. (IT)


Cabanilles [No website]
Triannual journal of the Asociación Cabanilles de Amigos del Organo. (ES)


Annual journal of the Japan Organ Society. (JP)


Bimonthly journal of the Dansk Organist og Kantor Samfund. (DK)


Het Orgel
Bimonthly independent journal. (NL)

Quarterly independent journal. (BE)


Bimonthly journal of the Svenska Orgelsällskapet. (SE)


Organ Databases by Country

AU: Organ Historical Trust of Australia

CA: Orgues au Canada/Organs in Canada

CH & LI: Orgelverzeichnis Schweiz und Liechtenstein

MX: Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca
Database of historic organs in the state of Oaxaca.

NO: Det Norske Orgelselskap

NZ: New Zealand Organ Preservation Trust
See the Gazetters

US: Organ Historical Society

UK: The National Pipe Organ Register


Builder-Specific Organ Databases

Organization dedicated to promoting and cataloguing the work of Arp Schnitger. (DE & NL)

Organization dedicated to promoting and cataloguing the work of Gottfried Silbermann. (DE)


List of country abbreviations
AT: Austria
AU: Australia
BE: Belgium
CA: Canada
CH: Switzerland
DE: Germany
DK: Denmark
ES: Spain
FR: France
IT: Italy
JP: Japan
LI: Liechtenstein
MX: Mexico
NL: The Netherlands
NZ: New Zealand
SE: Sweden
UK: United Kingdom
US: United States of America