Idiot dance tune, for 17th-century idiots

Advisory: Survivors of the Society for Creative Anachronism might find this post traumatic.

Here is a set of variations on possibly the most annoying tune ever notated, “Nonesuch,” from John Playford’s 1651 The English Dancing Master. It’s arranged here for virtual guitar, bass and drums.1. For the morbidly curious, the guitar is the AAS Strum GS-2 and the bass the String Studio VS-2. The drums are Logic’s Ultrabeat, augmented with percussion from the VSCO2 orchestra. As always, I’m not completely happy with this, but I want to move on to fresh disasters.

(Right-click on the tune title to download the .mp3.)


  1. I’m assuming a five-string bass with an extended low range, so I can use a low D.

5 thoughts on “Idiot dance tune, for 17th-century idiots”

  1. Thank you.

    Yes, I’m afraid that, aside from the tune itself (and the military drum pattern starting at about 4:15), this is all my own fault.

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