Coffee Opera

A Comic Opera Dedicated To Coffee? Yes, Please!

Coffee Opera

THE PRELUDE

I'm not going to pretend to care about Opera, although I have seen Phantom of the Opera, yes, the movie.  But when I discovered this little gem I must say that my interest in this ancient art form became slightly peaked.

Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering), BWV 211, also known as the Coffee Cantata, is a secular cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed it probably between 1732 and 1735. Although classified as a cantata, it is essentially a miniature comic opera. In a satirical commentary, the cantata amusingly tells of an addiction to coffee.

A complete love of coffee, something many of us can, with fondness, relate to.

YOU BE THE JUDGE

BTW, this is in German so you may want to check out the translation here: TRANSLATION.

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