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Greensleeves

First line:
Alas, my love, ye do me wrong
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Greensleeves, in common with many folk-songs, has a fascinating history. Twice mentioned by Mistress Ford and once by Falstaff (The merry wives of Windsor, c1602), the tune must have been well-known at that time. William Ballet’s Lute Book of about 1580 seems to be the earliest known source. The suggestion that Henry VIII may have composed it for Anne Boleyn is easily discredited as the style has been shown to be based on an Italian model which was not adopted in England until after Henry’s death.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2016

Recordings

My mind to me a kingdom is
CDA66307Archive Service
Britten, Bryars & Tavener: Around Britten
Studio Master: SIGCD318Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Britten: Songs & Proverbs of William Blake
CDA67778
Greensleeves
Studio Master: SIGCD447Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Simple Gifts
SIGCD121Download only
The King's Singers - Live at the BBC Proms
SIGCD150Download only

Details

Track 12 on CDA66307 [4'07] Archive Service
Track 17 on CDA66307 [3'32] Archive Service
Track 30 on CDA67778 [2'11]
Track 3 on SIGCD121 [3'01] Download only
Track 16 on SIGCD150 [3'11] Download only
Track 14 on SIGCD318 [2'06] Download only
Track 12 on SIGCD447 [3'28] Download only

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