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In the Habit

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Brew up a fresh pot and see what you come up with…

Although the majority of this composer’s cantatas were for religious services, this isn’t true across the board. The inspiration for this work was a trendy new beverage that was making its way across Europe in the early eighteenth century. The plot of the cantata concerns a young lady, hopelessly addicted to the jive of the java, and her father, who tries to “cure” her by interfering in her love-life! Despite the satirical tone, the composer actually owes a lot to this caffeinated fad, as it led to the opening of an establishment in which he frequently led performances…

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