Bach at St Cecilia's Hall 1977

Sunday, June 5, 1977
8 pm
1977, Concert 4 of 7

Fourth of a series of seven concerts entitled 'Bach at St Cecilia's Hall', given at St Cecilia's Hall in the summer of 1977.

Well-tempered Clavier
The 48, nos 17-24, 25-32


Peter Williams - harpsichord

Work(s) / Composer(s) / Opus No(s): 

The Well-tempered Clavier or Preludes and Fugues through all the tones and semitones both as regards the tertia major and as concerns the tertia minor.  For the Use and Profit of the Musical Young Desirous of Learning, as well as for the Pastime of those already skilled in this study, drawn up and written by J.S. Bach, Capellmeister to His Serene Highness the Prince of Anhalt-Cöthen etc. and Director of His Chamber Music.

Book I, nos. 17-24
Book II, nos. 1-8

Book I

17. A flat major
18. G sharp minor
19. A major
20. A minor
21. B flat major
22. B flat minor
23. B major
24. B minor


Book II

1. C major
2. C minor
3. C sharp major
4. C sharp minor
5. D major
6. D minor
7. E flat major
8. D sharp minor


Harpsichords: two-manual French harpsichord of 1764 (rebuilt Taskin); single manual Flemish harpsichord, originally of 1637 (Ruckers).  Low pitch (a'= 415Hz)

12-page booklet on beige paper outlining all seven concerts
Programme Notes: 

No programme notes

Ticket and/or Programme Price(s): 
Tickets 75p (Season Ticket for any 6 concerts, £4), Supper tickets £1
Publicity and Reviews: 

Publicity posters in two sizes on beige paper with green print, outlining all seven concerts with details of ticket prices.  Tickets on sale at the Edinburgh Bookshop, George Street, Edinburgh.
Several advertisements in the press in advance of the series (7 May 1977) and in advance of each concert (4 June).  

Programme is in the form of a brochure with details of all seven concerts.

[Reid] Professor: 
Summerhall Press Ltd. Edinburgh

A lecture on the programme "The well-tempered Clavier" was given by Raymond Monelle at 7 pm in the Laigh Room (a room on the ground floor immediately below the concert room).   All three lectures in the 1977 series are on the same topic.

The lecture was followed by a buffet supper with wine at 7.30 pm  Tickets for the buffet supper, £1.
'Reserved' notices will be available for those attending the lecture to reserve their seats for the recital

During the interval of the concert coffee and biscuits on sale in the Laigh Room by kind assistance of the Friends of St Cecilia's Hall

Harpsichord maintenance by John Barnes and Grant O'Brien

A recording of the Flemish harpsichord used on May 29, June 5 and 12, is available at the hall (SCH 741)
The French harpsichord used for "The 48" has been recenty restored and heard for the first time at these concerts, having been bought in 1972 with the assistance of the instrument fund of the Friends of St Cecilia's Hall, the National Museums Purchase Fund and the Pilgrim Trust.  Work on it includes a cleaning of the floral decoration on the soundboard.

"Bach at St Cecilia's Hall 1978" will include a recital of piano transcriptions of J.S. Bach (Brahms, Busoni, etc.) played by Peter Evans, solo suites played on the baroque cello (including the violoncello piccolo) by Wouter Möller, the two lute suites played by Nigel North, clavichord works played by Coin Kingsley, harpsichord music played by Lucy Carolan and the "Goldberg Variations" played by Peter Williams.