Cockaigne


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Cockaigne

fabled land of luxury and idleness. [Medieval Legend: NCE, 589]
See: Luxury
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Elgar's Overture: Cockaigne (In London Town) conveys characters and scenes through a careful choice of instruments - a soft horn line representing the quiet of a City church, a perky clarinet for the cheeky Cockney child and broad strings for the noble citizens and grandeur of the architecture.
Such gastronomical havens, often referred to as the "land of Cockaigne" or "paese di Cuccagna" in medieval and Renaissance popular literature, are generally situated in a remote time and place or even in a heavenly afterlife (Rossi 402-08).
The Elgar-devoted first half of the evening began with a Cockaigne overture which charmed and rose above its hackneyed swagger.
But in this world, simple walking is a Cockaigne miracle, like honest usury and pious bawdry.
(13) Set in a sort of land of Cockaigne "vaguement medieval" (6), where even buildings have the shape of mouth-watering delicacies, Le Roi Bombance tells the story of the eponymous sovereign, ruler of the "Royaume des Bourdes" ("Citrulli" in the Italian version, where Bombance is named Baldoria (14)), following the death of his prime minister and royal cook Ripaille (Panciarguta), who committed suicide to expiate for the late delivery of a fish to the Royal table.
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.
The concert, in Guy Nelson Hall, Warwick, at 7.30pm, opens with Elgar's Cockaigne Overture.
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.
(12) Schlaraffenland is a cockaigne, a land of milk-and-honey.
The dream manifest in folk utopias, such as the medieval fantasy Land of Cockaigne, is one of a spontaneous deliverance from work by means of divine providence, or some other form of magic (Skidelsky and Skidelsky, 2012).