Tune of the Day: Greensleeves to a Ground
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.