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3) Greensleeves – Traditional, arranged by Alfred Reed

Not many pieces of music have been popular for more than 400 years, but our next selection qualifies. The first mention of the song was in 1580, when the melody and lyrics of a song describedas “a new Northern ditty of the Lady Greensleeves” was registered in London. It must have been a hit – three other registrations of what appears to be the same ballad were made within a month. One persistent rumor has been that King Henry VIII wrote the song in an attempt to win the heart ofAnne Boleyn, but this has not been substantiated. The song has been rendered in hundreds of versions, and the lyrics that have been written for it could fill a large book. Here is our take on the timeless Greensleeves.

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