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Coffee with Mr Bach

Coffee with Mr Bach

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  • Sun 17 Mar ’13, 3:00pm


Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, 303 Queen St, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $45.00
  • Friend/conc/group: $41.00

Age of Discovery (Aotearoa/New Zealand).

Cantata ‘Schweigt stille’ BWV 211 - JS Bach;
Concerto in d minor BWV 1063 for 3 harpsichords and strings - JS Bach.

Auckland Arts Festival 2013 beckons one and all to take a load off and perk themselves up with a shot of java and Johann at Coffee with Mr Bach, a delightful Early Music performance from New Zealand’s Age of Discovery. With a programme comprising Bach’s Coffee Cantata and Three Harpsichord Concerto in d minor, Coffee with Mr Bach is an opportunity to hear two pieces rarely performed together in New Zealand reverberate through the Concert Chamber, nearly three hundred years after their creation.

Coffee with Mr. Bach will immerse audiences in the atmosphere of an eighteenth-century Leipzig coffee-house. The Coffee Cantata ‘Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht’, which translates as ‘Be still and stop chattering’, was composed in 1732 by a java-loving Johann. This satirical cantata was written during a time when coffee was a restricted substance in Germany. The libretto, based on a poem by Christian Friedrich Henrici, centres around a father named Schlendrian (translated as ‘Stick in the Mud’), who begins a protracted debate with his stubborn young daughter Lieschen about her coffee addiction. Her father is determined that she will either give up coffee or she won’t be permitted to get married. She, on the other hand, seeks to find a way to ‘have her cake and eat it too’!

Following the Coffee Cantata is Bach’s exhilarating Concerto in d minor for three harpsichords and strings, composed in 1733. A transcription from a pre-existing Italian concerto for three violins, this work was written specifically for performance in the coffee-house - for Bach himself and two of his sons.

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