Cello Recital - R. Vaughan Williams

2023 Dec 17

Annually my cello teacher has set up an informal little cello recital in the lobby of a care home. This year we didn't have a pianist to accompany the cello music, so it was all cello duets. I played Fantasia on Greensleeves which is an arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams of two British folk tunes: 'Greensleeves' and 'Lovely Joan'.

"ye Ladye Greene Sleves" with its traditional lyrics is about some sort of troubled romance. However, there are alternate lyrics, of which the Christmas-oriented "What Child Is This?" by William Dix is the most popular.

two cellists in performance

(My part starts out quietly coming down from a high note.)


Audio of

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Video of

Fantasia on Greensleeves