Bach: The Goldberg Variations

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Overview

Bach's spectacular Goldberg Variations represent a high point in the repertory of keyboard music, particularly for the harpsichord. This book takes a detailed look at how these variations originated, especially in relation to all Bach's ClavierÜbung volumes and late keyboard works, what their exceptionally intricate plan is, what kind of impact they have had, and how their mysterious beauty has been created. This guide to what was at the time the largest and most carefully conceived single work of keyboard music will appeal to students, performers and listeners.
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"...this study explores not only music but its historical significance and reception, in prose that is clear, pithy, and to the point...Williams's latest book is a worthy addition to the Cambridge series." Notes
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Meet the Author

Peter Williams is John Bird Professor at Cardiff University and Arts and Sciences Distinguished Chair Emeritus at Duke University. His publications include The Organ Music of J S Bach Volumes 1, 2 and 3 (Cambridge, 1980, 1984), Bach, Handel, Scarlatti 1685-1985 (Cambridge, 1985), Perspectives on Mozart Performance with R. Larry Todd (Cambridge, 1991) and The Organ in Western Culture 750-1250 (Cambridge, 1993).
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Background and genesis; 2. Overall shape; 3. The movements; 4. Questions of reception; Appendix: the intended harpsichord.
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