John Gerrard Williams

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Born: 1888

Died: 1947


John Gerrard Williams was born in London, England, and began a career as an architect. He devoted his spare time to music, joining choral societies and orchestras. he had had no other training when began to compose in 1911, becoming a fruitful composer and arranger. Most works are smaller forms and intimate in nature. Much of his best work are lyrical songs. Williams composed an orchestral ballet, a rhapsody, a suite, and assorted smaller pieces. His string quartets reflect French influence, especially that of Debussy and his piano music has been compared to Ravel’s. His choral music was mainly brief in format, writing songs for mixed voices, women’s voices, four-part men’s voices, and two-part children’s voices. Williams also wrote hundreds of instrumental arrangements of folk-songs, folk dance tunes, popular melodies, J.S. Bach and more.

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List of choral works

Secular works

Partsongs for Mixed Voices

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