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Greensleeves GeWV 261

Variations on an Old Folk Song

By Harald Genzmer

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Treble recorder and piano - intermediate
Variations on an Old Folk Song. Composed by Harald Genzmer. Edited by Rainer Mohrs. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Originalmusik fur Blockflote (Recorder Library). In this work Genzmer merges the musical language of a traditional English love song with his own unmistakeably contemporary idiom. The four Variations and Coda are an attractively different take on a favourite old tune. Composed 2000. 16 pages. Duration 8'. Schott Music #OFB 197. Published by Schott Music (HL.49011303).

Item Number: HL.49011303

ISBN 9790001129831. 9x12 inches.

Commissioned by the Schott publishing house, the present variations on the song 'Greensleeves' were written in 2000 by Genzmer who seized on the suggestion to write a cycle of variations on this Old English melody which had often served as a theme for variations in music history, as for example in the famous anonymous cycle 'Greensleeves to a ground' (around 1700). Genzmer keeps the theme simple, yet with great virtuosity and original harmony. All parts are written in a linear fashion. The four variations observe, almost in a classical manner, the principle of increasing differentiation and acceleration of the rhythm. Variation 1 uses crotchets and quavers as well as semiquaver triplets, whereas Variation 2 uses semiquavers throughout and Variation 3 the somewhat faster semiquaver triplets. Variation 4 stays on this fast rhythmic level with semiquavers and semiquaver triplets. A rewarding piece for the 'Jugend musiziert' competition as well as for advanced lessons.

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