Sir Roger de Coverley


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Sir Roger de Coverley

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(Dancing) an English country dance performed to a traditional tune by two rows of dancers facing each other
[C18: alteration of Roger of Coverley influenced by Sir Roger de Coverley, a fictitious character appearing in the Spectator essays by Addison and Steele]
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Spectator, the chief member of the Club was Sir Roger de Coverley. "His great-grandfather was inventor of that famous country dance which is called after him.
Sir Roger de Coverley. The Coverley Papers, edited by O.
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!
But Solomon was already impatient to prelude again, and presently broke with much spirit into "Sir Roger de Coverley", at which there was a sound of chairs pushed back, and laughing voices.
The sort of man who knew his business better than you or I could have told it him.) struck up Sir Roger de Coverley.' Then old Fezziwig stood out to dance with Mrs Fezziwig.
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
But while those who've chosen it do have my deepest sympathy - I had a private crack at it myself once and I can honestly say I've never been so bad at anything, except perhaps a dance the maniacs tried to teach us in prep school called the 'Sir Roger de Coverley' - I'm afraid this doesn't mean it's going to be possible to go easy on them.
You may remember that the Committee is mentioned in the Spectator (No 335) as the favorite Comedy of Sir Roger de Coverley.(4)
These "members" included representatives of commerce, the army, the town (respectively, Sir Andrew Freeport, Captain Sentry, and Will Honeycomb), and the country gentry (Sir Roger de Coverley).