John Williams plays Bach - a role model for musical guitar playing

John Williams - guitarist
John Williams - guitarist

Not content with the literature available for Guitar (although he has recorded a good portion of it!) John Williams has vigorously pursued transcriptions and arrangements as a means of allowing guitar to participate in the wider musical community.

"The whole point of Chamber Music is it's accessibility, and any student string player would be able to read a dozen Mozart or Haydn quartets before deciding which one to learn". - JOHN WILLIAMS

Lute Suite No. 1 in E Minor, BVW 996: I. Passaggio - Presto

He has strongly advocated guitarists playing chamber music parts - and just playing the single note string parts of these works in an ensemble.

His recordings of the Bach ideal for students to hear as they contain unaffected and rhythmically accurate but musically virile renderings .

I refer to these Bach recordings as a role model of musical guitar playing.

  • Suite BWV 996, E Minor: I Präludium; Presto
  • Suite BWV 996, E Minor: II Allemande
  • Suite BWV 996, E Minor: III Courante
  • Suite BWV 996, E Minor: IV (Sarabande)
  • Suite BWV 996, E Minor: V Bourrée
  • Suite BWV 996, E Minor: VI (Gigue)
  • Suite BWV 997, A Minor (Orig. C Minor): I Präludium
  • Suite BWV 997, A Minor (Orig. C Minor): II Sarabande
  • Suite BWV 997, A Minor (Orig. C Minor): III Gigue-Double
  • Suite BWV 1006a, E Major: I Präludium
  • Suite BWV 1006a, E Major: II Loure
  • Suite BWV 1006a, E Major: III Gavotte en Rondeau
  • Suite BWV 1006a, E Major: IV Menuetts I and II
  • Suite BWV 1006a, E Major: V Bourée
  • Suite BWV 1006a, E Major: VI Gigue
  • Suite BWV 995, A Minor (Orig. G Minor): I Präludium; Presto
  • Suite BWV 995, A Minor (Orig. G Minor): II Allemande
  • Suite BWV 995, A Minor (Orig. G Minor): III Courante
  • Suite BWV 995, A Minor (Orig. G Minor): IV Sarabande
  • Suite BWV 995, A Minor (Orig. G Minor): V Gavottes I and II
  • Suite BWV 995, A Minor (Orig. G Minor): VI Gigue