Greensleeves

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"Greensleeves" is a traditional English folk song, often erroneously attributed to Henry VIII. The song's true author is unknown.

Greensleesves is one of the most well-known tunes of all time. Originally a Tudor song, first known as a lute song, it has survived numerous versions and arrangements from simple voice and instrument settings, solo instruments (lute, guitar, piano, flute, harp and many others) and ensemble arrangements, from consort groups to a full symphonic fantasia. There are choral arrangements. It has survived an appearance in an opera and the tune appeared - with appropriately different words - as a carol (What Child is This).

Its importance can be gauged by the fact that the Naxos Music Library site contains 393 CDs containing Greensleeves.

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