He patted children on the head like Sir Roger de Coverley
going to church, he spoke to people in the background by their Christian names, he condescended to all present, and seemed for their consolation to walk encircled by the legend in golden characters, 'Be comforted, my people
He takes off his long-flapped coat, and stands up in a long- flapped waistcoat, which Sir Roger de Coverley
might have worn when it was new, picks out a stick, and is ready for Master Joe, who loses no time, but begins his old game, whack, whack, whack, trying to break down the old man's guard by sheer strength.
For example, the Sir Roger de Coverley
English country dance is better known to us as the Virginia reel.
The disc opens and closes with two world premiere recordings, of the rousing if uncharacteristically Elgarian Coronation March of 1911 (written for a competition) and the full orchestral arrangement of the traditional Christmas dance, Sir Roger de Coverley
, more familiar in its versions for string orchestra and string quartet.
themselves (for instance Sir Roger de Coverley
or Parson Adams) the
In one of Addison's famous essays, Sir Roger de Coverley
made the profound statement that 'it happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the middle of winter'.
They danced the old measure of Sir Roger de Coverley
and the tune was played by a quaint old fiddler.