Alas, my love
The famous song Greensleeves is a 16th century English Renaissance love song.
Its composer remains unknown, and it appears in these early sources :
- As a broadside ballad entitled : A New Northern Dittye of the Lady Greene Sleeves. London Stationer's Company (1580)
- As A New Courtly Sonnet of the Lady Green Sleeves. To the new tune of Green sleeves, in A Handful of Pleasant Delights (1584)
It was a favorite in England in the days of Queen Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare mentions it in his play The Merry Wives of Windsor (ca 1602).
Legend has it that Greensleeves may have been composed by King Henry VIII (1491-1547) for his lover and future queen consort Anne Boleyn.
Anne, the youngest daughter of Thomas Boleyn, rejected Henry's advances, as told by the song :
Alas, my love, you do me wrong to cast me off discourteously...
However, it is unlikely that King Henry VIII composed Greensleeves, as the song is written in a style which was not known in England until after Henry VIII died.
This score is an arrangement of Greensleeves for intermediate-level piano
It is set in the key of E minor.
This arrangement is appropriate for Grade 4 pianists.
Duration : 00:48
Source : Anonymous composer, English Renaissance Songs
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