VARIATIONS ON AN OLD ENGLISH FOLK SONG "GREENSLEEVES"

  • 3/4, 4/4, 3/4 Time Signatures
  • Key of F / Dm
  • Duration 2:30 minutes         

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After a full ensemble introduction in 3/4 time, the "Greensleeves" melody is first played by the woodwinds followed by the brass. Following a percussion soli in 4/4 time, the upper woodwinds are featured with the melody in a light staccato style with tambourine accompaniment. The low voices have the melody next with the upper woodwinds and trumpets playing a counter melody. The piece transitions into a 3/4 meter section featuring contrapuntal lines within the woodwinds. The last moderato section builds to a nice ending using a D major chord.

Variations on an Old English Folk Song "Greensleeves" was recorded by the Foster High School Wind Ensemble in Richmond, Texas.