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DICK'S MAGGOT. AKA - "Double the Cape," "Duble the Cape." English, Triple Hornpipe (3/2 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Barnes, Fleming-Williams): ABB (Sharp): AABCC (Raven). A maggot was another term for a 'dram', a unit of liquid measure. It also meant a slight thing of little consequence, or plaything, fancy, whim; from the Italian maggioletta. The tune was first published as the vehicle for a longways dance by Henry Playford in the supplement to the 11th edition of the Dancing Master (London, 1702), and was retained in all subsequent editions of the long-running series, through the 18th and final edition, published by John Young (London, 1728). Young also published the tune in the Dancing Master (1710) under the title "Duble (Double) the Cape." The tune also appears in the Walsh's Compleat Country Dancing-Master, editions published in London in 1718, 1731 and 1754.

Source for notated version: Playford, Dancing Master (1702) [Barlow, Sharpe].

Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 483, p. 110. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Fleming-Williams (English Dance Airs; Popular Selection, Book 1), 1965; pp. 10-11. Keller et al. (Playford Ball), 1990; p. 24. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 28. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 75.

Recorded sources: Topic Records TSCD550, Brass Monkey - "Flame of Fire" (2004). Varrick C-VR-013, Bare Necessities - "English Country Dances" (1987). Appears on Pyewacket album.




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