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An imaginary land of easy and luxurious living.

[Middle English cokaigne, from Old French, from (pais de) cokaigne, (land of) plenty, from Middle Low German kōkenje, diminutive of kōke, cake.]


(kɒˈkeɪn) or


(European Myth & Legend) medieval legend an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
[C14: from Old French cocaigne, from Middle Low German kōkenje small cake (of which the houses in the imaginary land are built); related to Spanish cucaña, Italian cuccagna]


or Cock•ayne


a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
[1250–1300; Middle English cokaygn(e) < Middle French (paide) cocaigne (land of) Cockaigne, idler's paradise]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cockaigne - (Middle Ages) an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
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Elgar's Cockaigne Overture, dedicated by the composer to members of British orchestras, set the tone.
The Elgar-devoted first half of the evening began with a Cockaigne overture which charmed and rose above its hackneyed swagger.
While Elgar's jaunty Cockaigne Overture was swallowed whole by the space, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, played with luscious, concentrated sweetness, and with chorister-like clarity of tone from the sopranos, remained the most satisfying piece.
True, he had played these variations with the New York Philharmonic in the 1960s, along with the Cockaigne Overture, and he recorded several of the marches as fillers on the companion studio recording to this Royal Festival Hall performance.
The work culminated in a setting for soprano and orchestra of a song entitled The Heavenly Life, a sort of Land of Cockaigne fantasy about the abundance food, music and fun, all served up by the saints in the next life.
The programme began and ended with two works linked to London: Elgar's Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) and Vaughan Williams' London Symphony.
Elgar's Overture Cockaigne (In London Town) follows, then comes Bryn Terfel as the soloist in Delius's Sea Drift.
10pm (Fri-Tue) QUEEN''S HALL ARTS CENTRE, HEXHAM Beaumont Street (01434 652477) Charlie Chaplin Short Comedies (): Thu 8pm STAR AND SHADOW CINEMA, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Stepney Bank (0191 261 0066) I''m A Fool + The Bells Of Cockaigne (): Mon 4pm Princess Iron Fan (Tie Shan Gong Zhu) (): Sun 4pm Reel News (): Wed 7.
But even public officials in the Land of Cockaigne are concerned about law-enforcement and health.
This is followed by a bizarre tenor masquerading as a swan roasting on a spit, who gives way to a portrait of a disgraced, drunken Abbot ("I am the abbot of Cockaigne and my assembly is one of drinkers"), and concludes with a dizzy drinking song that catalogues all who drink, from libertines to Christians to loose sisters to the Pope to the mistress to the old lady to mother; everyone drinks--and damn those who object.
Under Petrenko's watchful gaze and baton, the orchestra will also appear twice in the Shanghai Concert Hall where they will perform Elgar's Cockaigne and Enigma Variations and Shostakovich's Symphony No 15, while the much loved John Lennon Songbook will be conducted by John Wilson.
For now, the photographs in Gayle Chong Kwan's Veduta Romantica and Cockaigne exhibitions are well worth a look in the Public Space Galleries.