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Best of British Classical Music: an A-Z
7. G: Greensleeves
It’s a traditional British folksong favourite, which we’d like to believe was composed by Henry VIII for his future love, Anne Boleyn. Unfortunately, that’s probably not true, but it’s still an enduring example of Tudor music – Vaughan Williams was inspired by the piece to compose his Fantasia on Greensleeves, complete with the rich strumming of a harp.