Canal March

The Passions of the Soul: Bach interprets Quintilianus

Luis Robledo

Bach’s The Musical Offering is a compendium of musical rhetoric. In this presentation, Luis Robledo reveals the hidden connections between this work and Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria, the reference treatise during the period in relation to this topic. Bach transfers the resources the orator uses to persuade his audience to the musical terrain. But the objective remains the same: to move the listener.

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