Tune of the Day: Greensleeves
This is undoubtedly one of the most famous traditional English folk songs. There is a persistent belief that Greensleeves was composed by King Henry VIII for his lover and future queen consort Anne Boleyn. However, Henry did not write “Greensleeves”, which is probably Elizabethan in origin and is based on an Italian style of composition that did not reach England until after his death.
Both in the sheet music and in the audio tracks we provide a bass line that you can use as an accompaniment, by playing along the MIDI or the MP3 file attached to this post. Or you can ask a friend to accompany you on a piano, a guitar, a cello or a harp.