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X: 1 T:Mundesse. (p)1651.PLFD.064 M:4/4 L:1/8 Q:1/2=100 S:Playford, Dancing Master,1st Ed.,1651. O:England N: H:1651. Z:Chris Partington. F: K:G G2 GG G2 A2|B3 A G2 d2|c3 B ABcd|B3 A G2 G2| A3 G A2 B2|c3d c2 B2|A2 G2G2 F2|G8:| |:G3 A BABc|d3 e d2 ef|g2 f2 edef|d6 d2| G3 A BABc|d3 e d2 ef|g2 f2 edef|d6|| |f2 |g2 f2 g2 e2|d6 ef|g2 f2 g2 e2|d6 e2| f2 g2 f2 g2| d6 c2| B2 AA GFGA| G6|| |G2|B3 c d2 B2|e3 d c2 B2|A2 G2 G2 F2|G6 G2| B3 c d2 B2|e3 d c2 B2|A2 G2G2 F2|G8:|

MUNDESSE. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCD. The country dance (a round or circle dance for six) was first published in John Playford's English Dancing Master (London, 1651, p. 90). It was retained by Playford (1623-1686) in subsequent editions of the Dancing Master through the seventh edition of 1786, after which his son Henry took over the publication of the series and the tune/dance was dropped from further editions. The melody is an adaptation of "Mon Desir," a basse-danse by Tielman Susato that had been published exactly a century earlier, in 1551. The baas-dance, called in Italy bassa, and in France basse, in the north of England a base-dance, was described by one writer in France in 1496 as one in which “one adopts a countrified manner, abandoning courtly dance.” Although a basse-dance could take a number of forms, with different numbers of dancers and different sexes, processional, progressive, etc., it was informal rather than courtly[1].

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Printed sources : - Barlow (Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1986; No. 64, p. 30. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 46 (a facsimile copy of Playford's printing). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 64.

Recorded sources : - DMPCD0203, Nick & Mary Barber, Huw Jones - "Bonnie Kate."

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  1. Margaret Dean-Smith & E.J. Nicol, "The Dancing Master: 1651-1728: Part III. Our Country Dances," Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 4, No. 6 (Dec., 1945), pp. 214.