This is surely among the most familiar pieces of music in the Western hemisphere. Not only is it heard in versions for piano, recorder, harp, lute, guitar, and nearly every other instrument, but its tune has also become that of a well-loved Christmas carol Greensleeves - Various - Music Of Shakespeares Time child is this? Perhaps not only his fame, but the contrast between the ruthless way King Henry conducted his love life and the plaintive, adoring tone of the song's lyrics lend it a certain piquancy.
Besides its incarnation as a Christmas carol and its starring role in arrangements by notable composers, Greensleeves has inspired a number of jazz and reggae compositions as well -- it is surely the only piece to have been arrange by both Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Coltrane! Greensleeves' special melodic Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Various - 100 % Christmas is due at least in part to its use of the Dorian mode one of the medieval church modes, very similar to the more familiar minor mode ; it is sometimes stripped of its modal To Už Poznám - Vašo Patejdl - Lov Na City in arrangements, but this does violence to the pieces affect.
The text of Greensleeves is also interesting; although its verse rhyme scheme is a fairly regular ABAB, it has a non-rhyming refrain:. For those of you wondering if the author of this text had a sleeve fetish: during the Renaissance sleeves were often bedecked with jewels and embroidery, and were detachable from the rest of the garment; it wasn't uncommon for a lady to give her sleeve to a man as a love-pledge.
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