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Williams, Peter 1937 May 14-

Overview
Works: 98 works in 280 publications in 2 languages and 12,589 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Arranger, Honoree, Instrumentalist, Author of introduction
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 )
19 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 2,599 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( )
20 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,993 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 )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,381 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 )
6 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The European organ, 1450-1850 by Peter Williams( Book )
23 editions published between 1919 and 1978 in English and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The life of Bach by Peter Williams( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 747 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 )
8 editions published between 1972 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Figured bass accompaniment by Peter Williams( Book )
16 editions published between 1970 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The organ in western culture, 750-1250 by Peter Williams( Book )
12 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and held by 541 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 )
5 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in English and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The chromatic fourth during four centuries of music by Peter Williams( Book )
4 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The king of instruments : how churches came to have organs by Peter Williams( Book )
2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Klavierwerke = Keyboard works by George Frideric Handel( )
10 editions published in 1991 in 4 languages and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Kunst der Fuge = The art of fugue = L'art de la fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach( )
2 editions published in 1986 and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
III. Instrumentalmusik. 9. Für Klavier
Playing the organ works of Bach : some case studies by Peter Williams( Book )
2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Twelve voluntaries for organ or harpsichord by Maurice Greene( )
1 edition published in 1969 and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The organ music of J.S. Bach by Peter Williams( Book )
6 editions published between 1980 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ten organ pieces by Thomas Roseingrave( )
2 editions published in 1961 and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Organ concerto : G minor, op. 4, no. 1 by George Frideric Handel( )
1 edition published in 1978 and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The organ music of J.S. Bach by Peter Williams( Book )
8 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
PETER BRIAN GORDON WILLIAMS
Williams, Peter F.
Languages
English (137)
German (4)
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