Brook's Maggot

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BROOK'S MAGGOT. English, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was first printed in John Hinton's Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure (London, 1759, p. 257), where it is described as "a new country dance", and later in R. Baldwin's The London Magazine, or The Gentleman's Monthly Intelligencer (1762). Sixteenth and seventeenth century country dance tunes sometimes had the word "maggot" in their titles, perhaps derived from Italian Maggiolatta or Italian May song, but used in England to mean a whim, fancy, plaything, 'trifle'--essentially an 'earworm'.

Printed source: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2 ), 1765; No. 25.

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