Nonesuch polka

Also known as A La Mode De France, The Lady’s Bransle, None Such, Nonsuch.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Nonesuch has been added to 2 tune sets.

Nonesuch has been added to 47 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Nonesuch
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|:a|af ga|fe/2f/2 da|af ga|f2 d:|
|:e|ec de|fe/2f/2 de|ec de|f2 d:|
X: 2
T: Nonesuch
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: B | BG AB | GF/2G/2 EB | BG AB | G2 E :|
|: F | FD EF | GF/2G/2 EF | FD EF | G2 E :|
X: 3
T: Nonesuch
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
a | af ga | fe/f/ da | af ga | f2d :|
|: e- | ec de | fe/f/ df | ec de |1 f2d :|2 d2 d |]

Thirteen comments


This tune has been submitted in response to a request. It is a Playford tune, and is designated as a polka by virtue of its 2/4 time signature.

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.


Nonesuch/Other Playford Tunes

An abc file of several Playford tunes, including Nonesuch, is available from:

Most Playford tunes are pretty easy to find on the net, particularly if you look around the web sites of historical re-enactment / period dance societies.

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Lyrics (Glenn Turner and Hope Athearn, 1969)

Oh, She will bring the buds in the spring
and dance among the flowers.
In summer’s heat Her kisses are sweet,
She sings in leafy bowers.
She cuts the cane, She gathers the grain,
when fruits of fall surround Her.
Her bones grow old in wintery cold,
She wraps Her cloak around Her.

But She will bring the buds in the spring…
(repeat ad libitum)

Different Tune

This tune is Nonesuch. A la mode de France is almost the same, just play it, as if it was in D, with F sharp and C Sharp

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Indeed the tune is Nonesuch which appeared in Playford’s 1st edition in 1651. A la mode de France is similar but a different tune which also appeared in Playford’s first edition. Both are set in 2/2 time in modern ‘Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford’s Dancing Master’.

Nonesuch, X:2

This tune is a favourite of D/G melodeon players, but they normally play it in E Dorian (using the D-row).

Hence this setting.

None Such

A simple traditional English folk tune from the Playford collection.

Re: None Such

"The Session is a community website dedicated to Irish traditional music." So it says on the home page.

Re: None Such

If your taste in music is based purely on where a tune is from and not how good it is, then sure, feel free to ignore this tune and enjoy those on this site which are from Ireland.

Re: None Such

I sometimes wonder why the site wasn’t originally named "The Irish Session". It would have avoided some ‘confusion’ over the years. However, I am glad that the tunes are not exclusively Irish as I enjoy researching and playing those from a variety of sources.

Re: None Such

""The Session is a community website dedicated to Irish traditional music." So it says on the home page."…….
Well Irish traditional music evolves from many external sources. ‘Tradition’ evolves,just like all living things. However,….
As Steve Owen’s comment suggests, this tune should have been posted as a version of, although if my memory serves me well, I doubt it’s even a different version, so maybe this post should be deleted??

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Re: Nonesuch

Oops, well found, cheers! Aye, this version is essentially identical to the existing one so this can be deleted.