Bach's spectacular Goldberg Variations represent a high point in the whole repertory of keyboard music, particularly for the harpsichord. This book takes a detailed look at their historical origins, what their exceptionally intricate plan is, what kind of impact they have had, and how their mysterious beauty has been created.
Peter Williams is an internationally renowned Bach scholar and performer. He was Professor of Performance Practice and the first Director of the Russell Collection of Harpsichords at the University of Edinburgh, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at Duke University N.C., and is currently John Bird Professor at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He has written numerous books on the organ, organ history and organ repertoire. The first edition of The Organ Music of J. S. Bach was published in 1980 (vols. I and II) and 1984 (vol. III).