J.S. Bach: Church, Court & Coffee

Hackney Proms present a family-friendly, Sunday morning concert in the Assembly Hall of the newly refurbished Stoke Newington Town Hall.

J.S. Bach is best known for his compositions for the Lutheran church, but he was also a committed teacher, father of 20 children, director of music for a prince and was even imprisoned for a month! This concert by period instrument ensemble Battuta gives glimpses of some of the more unusual sides of this fascinating man, including a performance of the humourous Coffee Cantata, written for Zimmerman’s Coffeehouse in Leipzig.

Hackney Proms are relaxed, informal Sunday morning concerts, with coffee and croissants available at the bar. Children are welcome!

The programme:

(All works by J.S. Bach)

  • Suite (Overture) No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 (c.1731)
    • i. Overture
  • Prelude & Fugue No. 21 in B-flat from The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 866 (1722)
    • i. Prelude
    • ii. Fugue
  • Suite (Overture) No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 (c.1720-1723)
    • iii. Sarabande
    • iv. Bourree 1 & 2
  • Cantata BWV 211, ‘Schweigt Stille, Plaudert Nicht’ (Coffee Cantata) (c.1732-1734)
    • i. Recitative: Be silent, not a word!
    • ii. Aria: Hat Man Nicht Mit Seinen Kindern
    • iii. Recitative: A frightful craze, this town’s worst habit
    • iv. Aria: Ei! Wie Schmerckt Der Coffee Susse
    • v. Recitative: You’re never going to the ball
    • vi. Aria: Madchen, Die Von Harten Sinnen


  • Cantata BWV 211, ‘Schweigt Stille, Plaudert Nicht’ contd.
    • vii. Recitative: Now, listen! Do just as I say.
    • viii. Aria: Heute Noch, Lieber Vater, Tut Es Doch!
    • ix. Recitative: There goes old Schlendrian
    • x. Trio: Die Katze Lasst Das Mausen Nicht
  • Suite No. 2 in B minor
    • ii. Rondeau
    • v. Polonaise
  • Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin, BWV 1006 (c.1703-1720)
    • i. Preludio
  • Suite No. 2 in B minor
    • vi. Menuet
    • vii. Badinerie
  • Cantata BWV 116, ‘Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ’ (1724)
    • iv. Trio: Ach, Wir Bekennen Unsre Schuld
    • v. Recitative: Ach, Lass Uns Durch Die Scharfen Ruten
    • vi. Chorale: Erleucht Auch Unser Sinn Und Herz

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