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J.S. Bach’s Opera, “The Espresso Cantata,” Sings the Praises of the Nice Stimulating Drink (1735)

From the time {that a} identify­much less genius in both Ethiopia or Yemen decid­ed to dry, crush and pressure water by means of a berry recognized for mak­ing goats ner­vous and jumpy, cof­payment has been cherished and wor­shiped like few oth­er bev­er­ages. Ear­ly Arab doc­tors professional­claimed the stuff to be a mir­a­cle drug. Thor­ough­ly caf­feinat­ed thinkers from Voltaire to Jonathan Swift to Jack Ker­ouac debat­ed lit­er­a­ture, phi­los­o­phy and each­factor in between at cof­payment hous­es. Writer Hon­oré Balzac even report­ed­ly died due to exces­sive cof­payment drink­ing (it was both that or the syphilis.)

Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach (1685–1750) was additionally appar­ent­ly a cof­payment enthu­si­ast. A lot in order that he wrote a com­po­si­tion in regards to the bev­er­age. Though recognized most­ly for his litur­gi­cal music, his Cof­payment Can­ta­ta (AKA Schweigt stille, plaud­ert nicht, BWV 211) is a uncommon examination­ple of a sec­u­lar work by the com­pos­er. The brief com­ic opera was writ­ten (cir­ca 1735) for a musi­cal ensem­ble referred to as The Col­legium Musicum primarily based in a sto­ried Zimmerman’s cof­payment home in Leipzig, Ger­many. The entire can­ta­ta appears very a lot to have been writ­ten with the native audi­ence in thoughts.

Cof­payment Can­ta­ta is a couple of younger viva­cious girl named Aria who loves cof­payment. Her killjoy father is, after all, lifeless set in opposition to his daugh­ter hav­ing any sort of caf­feinat­ed enjoyable. So he tries to ban her from the drink. Aria bit­ter­ly com­plains:

Father sir, however don’t be so harsh!
If I may­n’t, thrice a day,
be allowed to drink my lit­tle cup of cof­payment,
in my anguish I’ll flip into
a shriv­eled-up roast goat.

Ah! How candy cof­payment tastes,
extra deli­cious than a thou­sand kiss­es,
milder than mus­ca­tel wine.
Cof­payment, I’ve to have cof­payment,
and, if some­one needs to pam­per me,
ah, then convey me cof­payment as a present!

The copy­writ­ers at Star­bucks mar­ket­ing depart­ment couldn’t have writ­ten it any wager­ter. Even­tu­al­ly, daugh­ter and father rec­on­cile when he agrees to have a guar­an­teed three cups of cof­payment a day writ­ten into her mar­riage con­tract. You may watch it in its whole­ty beneath, or get a fast style above. The lyrics in Ger­man and Eng­lish may be learn right here.

Observe: An ear­li­er ver­sion of this put up appeared on our web site in 2014.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

“The Vertue of the COFFEE Drink”: London’s First Cafe Cre­ates Advert for Cof­payment within the 1650s

The Cof­payment Pot That Fueled Hon­oré de Balzac’s Cof­payment Addic­tion

The Start of Espres­so: The Sto­ry Behind the Cof­payment Photographs That Gasoline Mod­ern Life

The Hertel­la Cof­payment Machine Mount­ed on a Volk­swa­gen Sprint­board (1959): The Most Euro­pean Automobile Acces­so­ry Ever Made

Jonathan Crow is a Los Ange­les-based author and movie­mak­er whose work has appeared in Yahoo!, The Hol­ly­wooden Reporter, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. You may fol­low him at @jonccrow.

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