– Coffee!

During its concerts in the framework of the BAM! festival 2019 in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium, the MAGMA TRIO (Marijke PERSIJN, mezzo-soprano, Marijke VERBEECK, flute and Gérard LAMBERT, organ) performed “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht”, also known as the “Coffee cantata” by Johann-Sebastian Bach.

The text was about a father (Herr Schlendrian – Mister Stick in the Mud) advising his daughter (Lieschen) to give up coffee, otherwise she would not be able to find a husband. The clever Lieschen then replies that she would just find a husband who would let her have coffee. “Dear Father, do not be so strict!  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”.

The Coffee Cantata, “Be silent, don’t chatter” (BWV 211), is one of the secular cantata Bach wrote. This cantata reflects the growing popularity of coffee at that time in Leipzig. The Coffee Cantata was probably performed by Collegium Musicum at Gottfried Zimmermann’s coffee house.

Have a pleasant week!

Marijke Persijn

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