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Williams, Peter 1937 May 14-

Overview
Works: 85 works in 182 publications in 2 languages and 11,465 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Manuscripts 
Roles: Editor, Performer, Author of introduction, Instrumentalist
Classifications: MT145.B14, 780.92
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Most widely held works by Peter Williams
The organ music of J.S. Bach by Peter Williams ( Book )
10 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in English and held by 2,457 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."--BOOK JACKET
Bach, the Goldberg variations by Peter Williams ( )
7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Many listeners and players are fascinated by Bach's Goldberg Variations. In this wideranging 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 Clavierübung 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 or musicians from Beethoven to the present day seen this work and, above all, how has its mysterious beauty been created?--Publisher description
J.S. Bach : a life in music by Peter Williams ( Book )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,345 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 )
1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The European organ, 1450-1850 by Peter Williams ( Book )
7 editions published between 1966 and 1978 in English and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The life of Bach by Peter Williams ( Book )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 742 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
Bach organ music by Peter Williams ( Book )
2 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Perspectives on Mozart performance by R. Larry Todd ( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 587 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, Handel, Scarlatti, tercentenary essays ( Book )
2 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The chromatic fourth during four centuries of music by Peter Williams ( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Musicalisches Opfer = Musical offering : BWV 1079 by Johann Sebastian Bach ( )
3 editions published in 1986 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kunst der Fuge = Art of fug[u]e : BWV 1080 by Johann Sebastian Bach ( )
2 editions published in 1986 and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Playing the organ works of Bach : some case studies by Peter Williams ( Book )
4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Organ concerto : B♭ major, op. 7, no. 3 by George Frideric Handel ( )
15 editions published between 1971 and 1990 in 4 languages and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Twelve voluntaries for organ or harpsichord by Maurice Greene ( )
1 edition published in 1969 and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Organ concerto : (Harp concerto) : B♭ major, op. 4, no. 6 by George Frideric Handel ( )
10 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Organ concerto, B♭ major, op. 7, no. 6 by George Frideric Handel ( )
7 editions published between 1971 and 1980 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ten organ pieces by Thomas Roseingrave ( )
4 editions published between 1961 and 1970 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The organ music of J.S. Bach by Peter Williams ( Book )
1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Organ concertos = Orgelkonzerte : op. 7 by George Frideric Handel ( )
2 editions published in 1988 and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Williams, Peter F.
Languages
English (53)
German (2)
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