Thursday, 18 July 2013

Tune 323 - Nonsuch




A tune from Playford's Complete Dancing Master 1651.

X:323
T:Nonsuch
M:2/2
L:1/8
K:Em
B2 B2 G2 AB|G2 FG E4|B2 B2 G2 AB|G4 E4:||
F2 F2 D2 EF|G2 FG E4|F2 F2 D2 EF|G4 E4:||

2 comments:

  1. That's an interesting variant of the usual tune; Do you know anything about its origin?

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    1. I believe it was named from the hunting lodge of the same name -

      Nonesuch was a hunting lodge built in 1538 by Henry VIII over the demolished property of the village of Cuddington, near Epsom Wells in Sussex, with the intention that it should be the most ostentatious hunting lodge ever made. At the very end of her life, Elizabeth I visited Nonesuch, as a guest of Lord Lumley, son-in-law of the Earl of Arundel, and it was reported that "there is much dancing of country dances in the privy chamber at Nonesuch, before the Queen’s majesty, who is exceedingly pleased therewith". The Queen apparently was a great dancer in her youth.

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