"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Sunday Reflection

4 comments:

  1. Thanks GV - beautiful, just beautiful!

    Oh to be in England.....sorry, the UK!

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  2. A pretty little French tune delightfully embiggened in this fantasia by Vaughan-Williams - a work of true beauty.

    Thank you GV.

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  3. Loverly GV I was just heading for a bath and stopped to get my ears round Tallis/Williams? Last evening I was explaining the wonders of crumhorns to an incredulous 10 year old who thought I was making it up. And he's smart, WTF have our satanic Tavistokian educators done to our children?

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  4. It should have been titled Fantasia on Greensleeves - so you're all right - it's the Vaughan Williams version. Too many call centres have abused the original and it's usually played like a dirge anyway so I try to avoid it whenever I can.

    Is it really of French origin, Opsimath? I think we're all agree that Henry VIII had nothing to do with it but I found this on the i/net which calls it a trad. English ballad:

    "Greensleeves is a traditional English ballad written by an unknown composer. There is a legend that King Henry VIII wrote Greensleeves about Anne Boleyn. This is not likely, however, because the song is written in a style which was not known in England until after Henry VIII died.

    The earliest known mention of Greensleeves occurred in September 1580, when a printer named Richard Jones had licensed to him "A new Northern Dittye of the Lady Greene Sleeves". On that same day, printer Edward White also had a license for "A ballad, being the Ladie Greene Sleeves Answere to Donkyn his frende".

    Thus began a back and forth struggle between the printers for the rights to this beautiful melody, with various versions being published. It was not until 1584 that Jones printed his final version, which is the one we know today."

    Perhaps we 'appropriated' it :-)

    'The UK' is such an ugly sound, Mr W - like Team GB or somesuch PR nonsense dreamed up by a twenty-nothing with acne and incipient STDs, sitting behind his mac being 'right on' and 'pushing the envelope'. However, the pics are all of England so we have no worries there. The Anthem of the Nine Regions hasn't been composed, yet :-)

    Crumhorns is a word I haven't heard for a long, long time, Mr S. I had come online to do a piece about parents/children/teachers/state but after reading 'satanic tavistokian educators' I don't think I'll bother. You've said it all.

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