A few days ago, I have seen the title Coffee Cantata from Johann Sebastian Bach will be staged soon in the opera house. I wonder, what is this cantata about?

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Coffee Cantata is also known as "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering) or BWV 211.

It is composed around 1732-1735 by Bach in Leipzig.

It is known as a cantata, but actually it has a story and looks like a mini opera. In the opera, the father tries to stop her daughter from drinking coffee. However, the daughter loves coffee and sings nice lyrical praises to coffee. A well-known sentence is this: "If I couldn't, three times a day, be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee, in my anguish I will turn into a shriveled-up roast goat".

More info on history of the cantata can be found on its Wikipedia page.

You may listen the Coffee Cantata from Youtube.

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