Captain's Maggot (The)

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X:1 T:Captain's Maggot. (p)1698.PLFD.373 M:4/4 L:1/4 Q:1/2=100 S:Playford, Dancing Master,9th Ed,2nd Supp.,1698. O:England H:1698. Z:Chris Partington. K:F c/B/|AcAe|f>gf/g/a|fcAF|G3c/B/| AFAc|f>gf/g/a|gf/e/d2|c3:| |:e/f/|gefe|d/f/e/d/^cA|a(g/f/) e/f/e/d/|d3A/B/| cfdB/A/|Gge(d/c/)|ag/f/f>e|f3:||

CAPTAIN'S MAGGOT, THE. English, Country Dance (cut time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A country dance printed in Henry Playford's Second Part of the Dancing Master printed in London in 1698. This was the 9th edition of the long-running Dancing Master series begun by Henry's father John, and which was continued after Henry by John Young. "The Captain's Maggot" was retained in subsequent editions through the 18th and last, printed in 1728. It also appears in Walsh's Compleat Country Dancing Master, editions of 1718 and 1731, and in John Johnson's Wright's Compleat Collection of celebrated country Dances, vol. 2 (London, 1748). The 'A' part is similar to "Lass of Patie's Mill (The)" (Peaty's/Peaty's Mill)." Also similar in the 'A' part and the beginning of the 'B' part to Bayard's (1981) No. 289 ("Old March").

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'.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Barlow (The Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 373, p. 88.

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