Hyperion Records

Sir Roger de Coverley
composer
1922; for string quartet

Recordings
'Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet & Sonatas' (CDA68003)
Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet & Sonatas
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Track 7 on CDA68003 [4'22]

Sir Roger de Coverley
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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