Peter Williams is former Professor and Dean of Music at the University of Edinburgh and is Emeritus Arts and Science Professor of Music at Duke University. His books include A New History of the Organ (1980), The Organ Music of J S Bach (3 vols, Cambridge University Press,1981–1984), Bach, Handel, Scarlatti 1685–1985 (Cambridge University Press, 1985), and Bach: The Goldbert Variations (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
This 2003 book is a searching and challenging interpretation of one of the greatest composers of all time.
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Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Early years 1685–1703; 2. First appointments 1703–8; 3. Weimar 1708–17; 4. Cöthen 1717–23; 5. Leipzig, the first decade; 6. Leipzig, the second decade; 7. Leipzig, the final years and the first personal descriptions; Appendix 1. A sample hypothesis; Appendix 2. Some terms; References; BWV Index; Name index.
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