Caffeine Trivia 9.13.13

Bach wrote a coffee cantata in 1732…Cantata BWV 211 “Coffee Cantata”

More info on Bach and his Cantata:  During his time in Leipzig, Bach was responsible not only for music for the church, but for a good deal of music for the community. His collegium musicum in Leipzig was the principle beneficiary of Bach’s secular musical composition, including, in all likelihood, this “Coffee Cantata.”

Although nowadays we associate really good coffee with France and Italy, coffee did not arrive in Europe until about the same time that Bach was born. It did not take long, however, for coffee to become the fashionable drink in European cities, and by the time Bach wrote the Coffee Cantata (around 1732-1735), coffee houses were commonplace.

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