William WIlliams (? - 1701) was an English composer
whose life is not known and his fame rests on his Opus
1 Trio Sonatas, 3 of them written for 2 violins and
Basso Continuo, and 3 written for 2 recorders and Basso
Continuo. Although influenced by Italian forms, they
are still deep-rooted in the English tradition.
Williams was an obscure figure, who flourished in
Britain around the end of the seventeenth century. His
name, plus the fact that he dedicated his opus 1 to
James, Earl of Anglesey, suggests inescapably that he
was of Welsh origin, despite spending his working life
His Sonata In Imitation Of Birds" (Opus 1 No. 6) is
from Six Sonata's in Three Parts and was written by
Williams in the time of Queen Anne. It is an early
eighteenth-century English recorder music piece which
would otherwise remain virtually unknown.
Although originally written for 2 treble recorders and
Basso Continuo, I created this arrangement for Flute &
Strings (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).