Green bushes : full orchestra
by Percy Grainger (1906, this version: 1921)
Also known as: Passacaglia on an English folk song
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Green Bushes is a passacaglia on an English folk-song collected in Somerset by Cecil Sharp. With the exception of a momentary break, the 'Green Bushes' tune is heard constantly throughout the work pitted against a multitude of original counter-melodies. This setting was the first time a British folk-song had been treated in the passacaglia form, an innovation that Grainger avers led Delius to write his Brigg Fair and Dance Rhapsodies in a similar way.
— Barry Peter Ould
Year: 1906, this version: 1921
Duration: 8 min.
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