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Thread #6015   Message #668024
Posted By: Bob Bolton
12-Mar-02 - 09:51 PM
Thread Name: Greensleeves ... Whence the name?
Subject: RE: GREENSLEEVES ... Whence the name?
G'day Gloredhel,

The story sounds great (folk etymolgies, by their very nature, always do)... but, in my old (single-volume) Oxford Companion to Music, Percy Scholes remarks that the tune we now call Greensleeves is a typical example of the kind of tune being brought into Britain, at that time, by the Italians music masters introducing the newfangled violin (displacing the British Crowd/Crydd/&c).


Bob Bolton