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The Organ Music of J. S. Bach : Volume 3, A Background - Dr. Peter Williams

The Organ Music of J. S. Bach

Volume 3, A Background

Paperback Published: 8th May 1989
ISBN: 9780521379786
Number Of Pages: 320

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This book, first published in 1984, is the third volume of Peter Williams' important reference work, The Organ Music of J. S. Bach. In this volume, Peter Williams lays before the reader the salient points that serve as an appropriate bckground to the pieces: notes on the church services of the area in question (Thuringia - Saxony), the fitful tradition of recitals, the duties of organists, the composer's indebtedness to former and contemporary styles in music, his knowledge of organs, the relevance (often over-valued today) of theorists, details of the instruments he was acquainted with and what can be assumed about the way they were registered and played. Throughout, the author has aimed to present a background to this music and its playing and has avoided stepping into areas of high conjecture, such as chronology or how specific pieces are to be played.

The Music in Service and Recital
The order of services
Hymns, hymnbooks and singing
Organ chorales as preludes
Organ chorales as and with interludes
The duties of organists
The Music and its Composition
The arts of composing or improvising organ chorales
Affektenlehre, rhetoric and 'symbolism'
Figurenlehre as a background to composition
Italian influences
French influences
Niedt's and Mattheson's praeludia
Influences on the preludes and fugues: further remarks
The Music and its Organ
The 'Bach organ'
J. S. Bach's organ reports
Organo pleno
Two manuals
Temperament questions
Harpsichord questions
The Music and its Performance
Certain details of performance: articulation and legato
Certain details of performance: finals, fermatas and repeats
Pedals and pedalling
Three-stave notation; Additions and corrections: Volume i; Volume II
Notes on MSS cited
List of references
Index of names
Index of BWV works cited
Title index of BWV numbers in volumes I-III
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521379786
ISBN-10: 0521379784
Series: Cambridge Studies in Music : Book 3
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 8th May 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.61 x 18.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.57