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Track(s) taken from CDA68003

Sir Roger de Coverley

composer
1922; for string quartet

The Nash Ensemble
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Recording details: October 2012
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Rachel Smith
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: October 2013
Total duration: 4 minutes 22 seconds

Cover artwork: Chalk Paths by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942)
Private Collection / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Sir Roger de Coverley is perhaps the best known of all the traditional English dance tunes. In his energetic treatment from 1922, Bridge has reflected its chief function as a dashing finale to a Christmas Ball. He makes ingenious and highly entertaining use of the tune, both as a source of motivic cells and as a complete theme for variations. The result is an elaborate and colourful set of continuous variations—essentially a short choreographic poem. Of particular interest are the appearance of Auld lang syne as a counter-melody to the penultimate variation, and the increasing complexity of the surrounding textures in the second half, with a ‘whirlwind’ climax, ending most appropriately with the ushering in of the New Year.

from notes by Paul Hindmarsh 2013

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