Bach Weapons of Rhetoric

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Bach Akademie presents The Weapons of Rhetoric

2:30pm-4:30pm, Sunday, 12 June 2022
Our Lady of Dolours Church
94 Archer Street Chatswood

As the famed writer and performer Judy Tarling said in her book The Weapons of Rhetoric, “For centuries, musicians and orators have recognised and encouraged the use of accent and rhythm as essential for perfect communication. To ‘make music speak’ is the ultimate aim of both composers and performers alike, and in the words of Quantz were ‘essential to becoming masters of the hearts of their listeners.'"

The ideas and concepts of rhetoric have produced music of unrivalled beauty, depth, and intelligence by many, however the sheer inventiveness of Bach’s music separates him from all others. From his miraculous G minor Fuga for solo violin, showing how polyphonic music could be written on a monophonic instrument, to the 6 part Ricercar from his Musical Offering, ending with his much loved Double Violin Concerto, no other composer in history wielded the weapons of rhetoric with as much skill, grace and heart as J.S. Bach.


J.S. Bach Sonata No. 2 for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in D major BWV 1028
(Neal Peres Da Costa, Daniel Yeadon)

J.S. Bach 6 part Ricercar from Musical Offering BWV 1079

J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 BWV 1051


J.S. Bach Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No.1 in G minor

BWV 1001 for solo violin
(Madeleine Easton)

J.S. Bach Canons from Musical Offering

J.S. Bach Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor BWV 1043
(Madeleine Easton, Julia Fredersdorff)


The Bach Akadamie performs the Easter Oratorio on Palm Sunday at Our Lady of Dolours Chatswood.
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