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A LA MODE DE FRANCE. AKA and see "Nonesuch (1)." English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 or 4/4 time). E Minor (Chappell): D Major (Fleming‑Willliams, Playford, Walsh). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Fleming‑Williams): AABB (Walsh): AA'BB' (Chappell). "A la mode de France" is to be found in John Playford's English Dancing Master from the first edition of 1651 through to the 18th and final edition of 1728, then published by John Young, heir to the Playford publishing concerns. It also appears in Playford's Musick's Recreation on the Lyra Viol and Musick's Delight on the Cithren, and in the several editions John Walsh's Complete Country Dancing Master (1718, 1731 & 1754). The tune also appears under the title "Nonesuch" in the Dancing Master. Early versions were in the mixoldyian or major mode, but modern versions tend to be in the minor mode.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time, vol. 1), 1859; p. 322. Fleming‑Williams & Shaw (English Dance Airs; Popular Selection, Book 1), 1965; p. 9. Walsh (Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth), London, 1740; No. 173.

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