In 1928 Vaughan Williams completed the opera Sir John in Love , based on Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor. The Fantasia on Greensleeves is an adaptation made in 1934 by Ralph Greaves of material taken from the opera, and was originally scored for flute (with an optional second flute), harp and strings.
The outer sections consist of the traditional English tune Greensleeves; on both appearances it is preceded by a short introduction. The middle section is an arrangement of three verses of the English folk song Lovely Joan.
The Aeolia arrangement is made with the permission of Oxford University Press, and is supplied with separate parts for flute and harp. The harp part includes markings for suggested pedalling and fingering.
|Please note that although the image below shows the actual layout of a page of the Aeolia arrangement, it does not reflect the quality of the printed version. This is because the image on your computer screen reproduces the original at only 72 pixels (dots) per inch, with the result that slurs are jagged, stave lines are not equally spaced, and the appearance is generally crude. The actual printed version is produced using laser printers at over 34 million dots per page, resulting in complete smoothness and evenness in the quality of the print.|