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Williams, Peter 1937 May 14-2016

Overview
Works: 138 works in 780 publications in 3 languages and 16,921 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Catalogs and collections  Biographies  Scores  Chamber music  Fugues  Manuscripts  Concertos 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree, Instrumentalist
Classifications: MT145.B14, 780.92
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Peter Williams
 
Most widely held works by Peter Williams
J.S. Bach : a life in music by Peter Williams( Book )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the life of Bach through his original Obituary, exploring what the work reveals about Bach's musical style, inspirations, and ambitions
A new history of the organ from the Greeks to the present day by Peter Williams( Book )

12 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The European organ, 1450-1850 by Peter Williams( Book )

38 editions published between 1919 and 1982 in 3 languages and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The organ music of J.S. Bach by Peter Williams( Book )

35 editions published between 1980 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The organ music of J.S. Bach by Peter Williams( Book )

50 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 twenty-five 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 summarieses 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"--Jacket
The life of Bach by Peter Williams( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bach is known largely for his works, exceptional in quantity as well as quality, and only a few original documents convey any idea of his life and character. This thorough new look at Bach's biography asks many questions about the composer's relatively unknown life
Perspectives on Mozart performance by R. Larry Todd( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perspectives on Mozart Performance, published during the Mozart bicentennial year, is the first volume in a new series. It includes essays by distinguished musicologists and performers, each exploring a different aspect of Mozart's music in performance. Several studies consider the eighteenth-century roots of Mozart's approach to performance and examine such issues as the role of ornamentation (Paul Badura-Skoda, Frederick Neumann), improvisation (Katalin Komlos), cadenzas (Christoph Wolff), and Mozart's conception of tempos in
Bach organ music by Peter Williams( Book )

16 editions published between 1972 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Figured bass accompaniment by Peter Williams( Book )

18 editions published between 1970 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bach, the Goldberg variations by Peter Williams( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many listeners and players are fascinated by Bach's Goldberg Variations. In this wide-ranging and searching study, Professor Williams, one of the leading Bach scholars of our time, helps them probe its depths and understand its uniqueness. He considers the work's historical origins, especially in relation to all Bach's Clavierubung volumes and late keyboard works, its musical agenda and its formal shape, and discusses significant performance issues." "In the course of the book he poses a number of key questions. Why should such a work be written? Does the work have both a conceptual and a perceptual shape? What other music is likely to have influenced the Goldberg, and to what extent is it trying to be encyclopedic? What is the canonic vocabulary? How have contemporaries of musicians from Beethoven to the present day seen this work and, above all, how has its mysterious beauty been created?"--BOOK JACKET
The organ in western culture, 750-1250 by Peter Williams( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did the organ become a church instrument? How did it develop from an outdoor, Mediterranean noisemaker to an instrument which has become the embodiment of western music and responsible for many of that music's characteristics? In this fascinating, investigation, Peter Williams speculates on these questions and suggests some likely answers. He considers where the organ was placed and why; what the instrument was like in 800, 1000, 1200 and 1400; what music was played, and how. He re-examines known references before 1300, covering such areas as the history of technology; music-theory art history; architecture, church and political history. Central to the story he uncovers is the liveliness of European monasticism around 1000 and the ability and imagination of the Benedictine reformers. Professor Williams's approach is new in both tactics and strategy, giving an interdisciplinary idea of musical development relevant to those both in and out of music
Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, tercentenary essays( Book )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organ by Peter Williams( Book )

16 editions published between 1987 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The chromatic fourth during four centuries of music by Peter Williams( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Russell Collection and other early keyboard instruments in Saint Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh by University of Edinburgh( Book )

12 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six concertos for the harpsichord or organ : Walsh's transcriptions, 1738 by George Frideric Handel( )

49 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The king of instruments : how churches came to have organs by Peter Williams( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bach : a musical biography by Peter Williams( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"J.S. Bach composed some of the best-loved and most moving music in Western culture. In this book Peter Williams revisits Bach's biography through the lens of this music. Reviewing all of Bach's music, collection by collection, to reveal the development of Bach's interests and priorities. While a great deal has been written about the composer's vocal works, Williams gives the keyboard music its proper emphasis, revealing it as crucial to Bach's biography, as a young organist and a mature composer, as a performer in public and teacher in private, and as a profound thinker in the language of music."-- book jacket
Die Kunst der Fuge : für Cembalo (Klavier) BWV 1080 by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

III. Instrumentalmusik. 9. Für Klavier
Organ concerto : G minor, op. 4, no. 3 by George Frideric Handel( )

16 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in 4 languages and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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J.S. Bach : a life in music
Alternative Names
PETER BRIAN GORDON WILLIAMS

Williams, Peter.

Williams, Peter 1937-

Williams, Peter 1937 May 14-

Williams, Peter 1937- musikforskare

Williams, Peter F.

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Williams, Peter F. 1937-2016

Williams, Peter F., 1937.g. 14.maijs-

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Williams, Peter Frederic.

Williams, Peter Fredric 1937

Williams, Peter Fredric 1937-2016

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The organ music of J.S. BachThe life of BachPerspectives on Mozart performanceBach, the Goldberg variationsThe organ in western culture, 750-1250Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, tercentenary essaysOrganThe chromatic fourth during four centuries of music