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Taking account of Bach scholarship of the past twenty-five years, the first two volumes of Peter Williams's classic study of Bach's organ works are fully revised. This work is a piece-by-piece commentary on this ever-popular repertoire, demonstrating the music's unique qualities and how we might hear and play it today. The book follows the order of the Bach catalog (BWV): beginning with the sonatas, followed by the "free works" and the chorales, and ending with the doubtful works, including the "newly discovered chorales" of 1985.Read more
- Total revision of a best-seller
- Covers the most admired part of the organ repertory
- Provides valuable insights into the working of one of music's greatest minds
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"This masterful revision of a book first published in 1980 confirms Peter Williams's towering status in the field. The book is a wonderful reference and guide for the performer and scholar alike." Times Literary Supplement, Martin J. SmithSee more reviews
"This work belongs in every organist's library. The analysis progresses in order of the BWV listings, and every work is thoroughly examined in light of the most recent and highest scholarship. The foundation of every organist's repertoire is Bach, and this work will shed some new light and perhaps provide new interpretive inspiration on many familiar works." - Music Educators Journal, "For Your Library"
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: January 2004
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521891158
- length: 638 pages
- dimensions: 243 x 172 x 32 mm
- weight: 1.04kg
- contains: 297 music examples
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Fugue in G Minor, BWV 131a
Six Sonatas, BWV 525-530
Preludes and Fugues (Praeludia), BWV 531-552
Eight Short Preludes and Fugues, BWV 553-560
Miscellaneous Pieces, BWV 561-591
Concertos, BWV 592-596
Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644
Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650
Chorales formerly called 'The Eighteen', BWV 651-668
Chorales from Clavierübung III, BWV 669-689
Chorales formerly called 'The Kirnsberger Collection', BWV 690-713
Miscellaneous Chorales, BWV 714-765
Chorale Variations (Partitas), BWV 766-771
Four Duets from Clavierübung III, BWV 802-805
Chorales now called 'The Neumeister Collection', BWV 1090-1120
Further works, in part uncertain of origin
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