The Organ Music of J. S. Bach

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 11, 2003 - Music - 624 pages
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This is a completely revised edition of volumes I and II of The Organ Music of J. S. Bach (1980), a bestselling title, which has subsequently become a classic text. This new edition takes account of the Bach scholarship of the last 25 years. Peter Williams’s piece-by-piece commentary puts the musical sources of the organ works in context, describing the form and content of each work and relating them to other music, German and non-German. He summarises the questions about the history, authenticity, chronology, function and performance of each piece, and points out important details of style and musical quality. The study follows the order of the Bach catalogue (BWV), beginning with the sonatas, then the ‘free works’, followed by chorales and ending with the doubtful works, including the ‘newly discovered chorales’ of 1985.
 

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Contents

III
1
IV
2
V
37
VI
141
VII
145
VIII
201
IX
225
X
227
XI
317
XII
336
XIII
387
XIV
429
XV
453
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About the author (2003)

Peter Williams (1937 016) was an internationally renowned Bach scholar and performer. He was Professor of Performance Practice and the first Director of the Russell Collection of Harpsichords at the University of Edinburgh, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at Duke University, North Carolina, and John Bird Professor at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He wrote numerous books on the organ, organ history and organ repertoire. The first edition of The Organ Music of J. S. Bach was published in 1980 (Volumes 1 and 2) and 1984 (Volume 3).

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