CAZAGO
  Online Resources for Organists


Updated 8/26/16

Organ Music

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
The International Music Score Library Project! IMSLP is attempting to create a virtual library containing all public domain musical scores, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world without charge.

The Mutopia Project
Free downloadable public domain music/midi files/other links.

Organ Transcriptions of Cantata Mvts. by J.S. Bach
The Warner Icking Music Archive, where you can download organ transcriptions of works by J.S. Bach. (PDF format. May require Adobe Reader)

Free at Last
A comprehensive collection of links to free Public Domain organ music by Richard Konzen.

Free Downloadable Works of J.S. Bach
An alternative to IMSLP, in PDF format. (May require Adobe Reader)

• CD Sheet Music
Three CDs of organ music, as printable PDF files, representing the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, a sizeable collection of other Baroque organ music, and a respectable anthology of French Romantic organ works. Usually available from various other music vendors, so shopping around for the best price is recommended, though still a very cost–effective way of acquiring these scores — not to mention the savings in space.



Organs and Organists

The Aeolian–Skinner Archives
History, opus lists, specs, and more, of the Skinner and Aeolian–Skinner companies.

Social Networks

CAZAGO on Facebook | CAZAGO Facebook Group Page

Pipe Organs, Organists, and Organbuilders community on Google+

The Hidden Life of a Pipe Organ
A superb infographic for non–organists on the inner workings of a pipe organ.

The Pipe Organ on Film
From the Phantom of the Opera to The Tree of Life, the organ has a distinguished history in film, not only in musical scores but on the screen itself. Whatever its role, be it as a musical instrument or as a prop, its presence lends an extra dimension to a movie.

Organs in the Movies
A fun and informative page listing movies where an organ of one kind or another is featured.

Our own CAZAGO Organ Gallery on Facebook.com

The New York City Organ Project
Organs present and past in the five boroughs of New York City.

• Southern Indiana AGO Organ Gallery

The Pipe Organ Mailing List: Pipe Organs and Related Topics (PIPORG–L) –
To subscribe, send an email to the above link or listserv@albany.bitnet;
[Message Body: SUBSCRIBE PIPORG–L “your name”]
     PIPORG–L discusses musical, technical and historical aspects of organs of all kinds — classical, theater, electronic, reed, tracker, electropneumatic, etc. Stoplists, recitals (past and future), recordings, jobs (wanted and available), restoration hints, news of progress in restoration projects are all interesting. Requests for advice or information are encouraged, and stories of your experiences and knowledge are eagerly consumed. In short, if it is interesting and about organs, this group would like to hear about it.

Organ Focus.com
The source for pipe organ music events, concerts and recitals worldwide. Also essays, organ performance reviews and recommended organ books and music.


Organ Resources

Organ and Orchestra
Selected repertoire for organ and orchestra: a list compiled by Michael Barone .

Organ Plus
A catalogue of ensemble music for organ with other instruments by Leslie P. Spelman, 4th edition.

The History of Organs
A brief overview of organ history with links for more specific reading and study.

The Organ Site
Have fun browsing entries of 4,590 organs in 78 countries and 7,500 organ music tracks for download!

• The world’s most complete Encyclopedia of Organ Stops
A work in progress.

A Soup–to–Nuts Bibliography
(and some recordings too) about the organ, acoustics, tuning, music history, theory, and more.

An Arizona Pipe Organ Encounter Page: A Resource for Students
The original inspiration for this resource page. NB: the page is here for archival purposes and is not maintained; many of the links are duplicated here.


Organ Music Recordings

Complete Bach organ works to download free!
Recorded by Dr. James Kibbie on original baroque organs in Germany.

International Historical Organ Recording Collection
A site for public domain historical organ recordings. A true goldmine!

Écouter de L’Orgue (Listen to the Organ) –
A collection of soundfiles and videos featuring Bach and French Classic works performed on, in many cases, historic instruments.

Pipedreams
is an impressive radio music program produced and distributed by American Public Media. Each 90-minute show features organ music and centers about a theme such as a particular organ, organ builder, performer, composer, period, genre, etc. Host Michael Barone's witty remarks, sonorous voice, and syncopated speaking style contribute to the program's unique, captivating tone.

Organlive.com
is a listener–supported internet audio station with a focus on music of the classical organ. We maintain a growing library of music that currently contains over 11,000 tracks. Our library features classical organ music performed on pipe, electronic, and combination instruments recorded all over the world.


Organ Music Videos

Music at Trinity Church, Wall Street
Requires WinMediaPlayer.

Organ Videos on YouTube.com –
A large and ever–changing collection, from the sublime to the ridiculous, but well worth browsing for gems like these Reger, Bach, and Jongen samples:

St. Bavo, Haarlem Organ Videos on YouTube.com –
Various videos of the famous Christian Müller pipe organ.

J.S. Bach “Concertato” Prelude from BWV 532
John Scott Whiteley of York Minster plays the Arp Schnitger organ (restored by Jürgen Ahrend) at the Jakobikirche Hamburg. Great videography!

St. Sulpice Organ Videos on YouTube.com –
Daniel Roth, Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin, et al.

Listen to the Grandes Orgues de Saint-Sulpice on StSulpice.com –
The source for the above YouTube videos, although downloads/streaming may not be enabled. (Requires RealPlayer, WinMediaPlayer, Quicktime.)

Virgil Fox performs Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante
live in NHK Hall, Tokyo (June, 1977) on the V/90 Schuke pipe organ with a superb symphony orchestra! Other Fox videos of interest also.


All About Music and Composers

BinAural Collaborative Hypertext (BACH)
is software that integrates musical scores with audio and commentary on the web. In other words, a very impressive (but still small) collection of interactive scores with audio along with commentary about the composers & music, served up by Northern Arizona University. (Requires Shockwave® Player.)

MusicWeb International
While actually a classical CD review site, is another excellent resource for information about composers...especially if you would like to find recordings of their works. See, for example, this entry about Alfred Hollins.


Choral & Vocal Music

ChoralWiki: Choral Public Domain Library
A great idea, and an amazing and useful ever–expanding resource! Begun in December 1998, CPDL is one of the world’s largest free sheet music sites. You can use CPDL to find scores, texts, translations, and information about composers.

Art Song Central
is principally an archive and directory of free, printable sheet music for singers and voice teachers. An emphasis is placed on standard classical and traditional repertoire. Additionally, IPA transcriptions are now available for every German, French, Italian and Latin song in the index.


Hymns, Hymnals & Tunebooks

NEW! • The Standard Catholic Hymnal
Compiled, edited, and arranged by James A. Reilly in 1921.

Pius X Hymnal (Theodore Marier,1953)
The classic Roman Catholic hymnal free online.

The Hymnal of St. Pius X
The other (Aussie) Pius X hymnal as a free ebook.

St. Basil’s Hymnal (Revised Edition)
Another venerable Roman Catholic hymnal online as a free ebook.

Hymnary.org
A comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals.

Oremus Hymnal
This online hymnal contains texts and MIDI files of tunes used in much of the English–speaking world, with particular emphasis on the Anglican tradition. Currently, fifty-two Anglican hymnals from the past 140 years have been indexed. These 52 hymnals contain nearly seven thousand distinct texts and over eighteen thousand text/tune combinations.

The Hesperian Harp
Index and links to all the music from the largest, and arguably the best, of the shape-note tune books of the nineteenth century.

The Sacred Harp
“A collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Odes, and Anthems ...” A browsable PDF version of the White/King 1860 edition in the MSU online libraries.

Give Him Glory!
A hymn commissioned by the Kern County Chatper AGO for the 2013 Region IX Convention in Bakersfield.



Music Notation & Scoring

NEW! • Two excellent Facebook groups:

Music Notation Forum for Church Musicians | Music Engraving Tips

MuseScore
Free music composition & notation software. Highly recommended!

San Andreas Press Winscore
Version 5 of the Score Music Publishing System. Windows only. Not free, but still a high–quality industry standard.

Music Fonts
Luc Devroye’s comprehensive and informative music fonts resource.

Partifi
Partifi is a free and automated tool for creating parts from music scores. Made for musicians by musicians.

Music Notation Links
Gerd Castan’s comprehensive music notation links site.


MIDI Resources

• MIDI 101: How to get started with MIDI
A reasonably good starting point to learn more about creating a basic home MIDI studio. MIDI sequencing (when it's all working right) can be a great tool for original composition, arranging, creating rehearsal recordings, and a myriad of other things.

The Silvis Woodshed
is a large collection of MIDI files (standard choral repertoire, plus!) and tools to help singers learn their notes so that they can be ready to turn it into music when they go to rehearsal.