I just recorded a new series of videos for [my] Talent Forge. And, since it’s the holiday season, I recorded a series of Christmas Carols. And, I wanted to give you guys free access to one of them, so here’s a fiddle lesson on Greensleeves (What Child is this?) – one of my favorite Christmas Carols. 🙂
By the way, Here are the other Christmas Carols in the Series:
- Christmas Carols – Adeste Fideles (O’ Come All Ye Faithful)
- Christmas Carols – Deck the Halls
- Christmas Carols – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Christmas Carols – Greensleeves (What Child is This)
- Christmas Carols – Jingle Bells
- Christmas Carols – Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
- Christmas Carols – Joy to the World
- Christmas Carols – O’ Tannenbaum (O’ Christmas Tree)
- Christmas Carols – Silent Night
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“Greensleeves” is a traditional English folk song and tune, over a ground either of the form called a romanesca or of its slight variant, the passamezzo antico.
A broadside ballad by this name was registered at the London Stationer’s Company in September 1580, by Richard Jones, as “A Newe Northen Dittye of ye Ladye Greene Sleves”. Six more ballads followed in less than a year, one on the same day, 3 September 1580 (“Ye Ladie Greene Sleeves answere to Donkyn hir frende” by Edward White), then on 15 and 18 September (by Henry Carr and again by White), 14 December (Richard Jones again), 13 February 1581 (Wiliam Elderton), and August 1581 (White’s third contribution, “Greene Sleeves is worne awaie, Yellow Sleeves Comme to decaie, Blacke Sleeves I holde in despite, But White Sleeves is my delighte”). It then appears in the surviving A Handful of Pleasant Delights (1584) as A New Courtly Sonnet of the Lady Green Sleeves. To the new tune of Green Sleeves.
The tune is found in several late-16th-century and early 17th-century sources, such as Ballet’s MS Lute Book and Het Luitboek van Thysius, as well as various manuscripts preserved in the Seeley Historical Library at the University of Cambridge.