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The Organ Music of J. S. Bach: Volume 2 (Cambridge Studies in Music)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521317009
ISBN-10: 0521317002
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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. Smith

"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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Taking account of Bach scholarship of the past twenty-five years, Peter Williams's classic study of Bach's organ works is fully revised. It provides 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Music
  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 26, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521317002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521317009
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,999,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward Greene on July 6, 2013
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This is an exhaustive and comprehensive account of Bach's organ music -- all of it, every single piece that can be accounted for. Peter Williams begins with BWV 525, the organ sonata in E-flat major and the first piece in the order of the Bach Werke Verzeichnis and goes through every piece in numerical order. It's really a reference book, so don't try to slog through it from cover to cover. It's easy to look up a specific item if you know the BWV number. If you don't, prepare yourself for a long search, because there is no index of individual titles. There are helpful introductions to different types of pieces, group by group -- the trio sonatas, preludes and fugues, concertos, chorale settings, etc. The discussion of each individual piece begins with its manuscript and publication history. (Surprisingly little of Bach's organ music exists in autograph -- some of the pieces have come down to us only as copies of copies.) Then comes a description of the piece's musical content, with copious illustrations and examples. These are especially helpful in quoting all the chorale tunes which Bach used.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Cesare on September 5, 2007
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This book is fundamental for every organist! Very clear and full of relevant and difficult to find information about Bach sources. A must buy.
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By Emi on July 29, 2015
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If you are an organ student or a professional organist you should read this book
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