Romancing the Bean Series
by Caffeine Cowboy
Coffee Cantata by Johan Sebastian Bach
“No daughter of mine will drink coffee!” declares Schlendrian. (Stuffy in German) “But father, if I don’t have at least three small cups a day, I’ll soon be as dried-out as an un-basted roast!”
Cleverly, Schlendrian proposes, “Fine, then make your choice, a husband or coffee!” His willful daughter seemingly demurs to her fathers restriction but with a stage-whisper tells the audience, “Any man who wishes to win my hand must first promise to supply all of the coffee I want!”
Amused by the Parisian fad for coffee, Bach asked the famed poet and satirist Picador to write a libretto with coffee as its theme. The story mirrored the attitude of the German elite toward women and the middle-class. Coffee was too special for the commoner and coffeehouses were no place for a lady!
As seen on U-tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6-PRCv7SfM
Before public music halls existed in Germany, cafés attracted music lovers by sponsoring performances by collegia musica (the association of private musicians).
From 1720 to1740, Bach performed for the public and experimented with new pieces at Zimmerman’s Kaffeehaus in Leipzig. The Coffee Cantata was first performed there in 1734. It was a musical and community success.
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