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Sheet Music: Greensleeves to a Ground

TitleGreensleeves to a Ground
from The Division Flute, Part I
ComposerTraditional English
 
InstrumentationFlute and bass instrument
KeyA minor
RangeD4–C6
Time signature6/4
Tempo63 BPM
Performance time3:50
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (119 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (8 kB) MP3 (1.8 MB)
Play-along accompanimentMIDI (1 kB) MP3 (1.9 MB)
Date added2010-07-30
Last updated2010-07-30
CategoriesRenaissance, Traditional/Folk, Variations

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Friday 30 July 2010

Tune of the Day: Greensleeves to a Ground

Variations on a traditional English melody, for Flute and bass instrument

Greensleeves is undoubtedly one of the most popular folk songs ever written. Its lyrical beauty has inspired numerous composers, well known and anonymous alike, to write takeoffs or variants on the theme. The anonymous effort we present today, titled “Greensleeves to a Ground”, appeared in the first collection of “The Division Flute” from 1706, but like the other pieces included in that publication it is probably older. It contains several attractive variations on the melody and was generally performed on the lute. Recordings today feature a variety of instruments, however, as well as many different versions of the piece.