X:1 T:Draper's Maggot M:3/4 L:1/8 B:Playford - Dancing Master 13th Edition K:D A,2 | D2 (DE)FG | (A2d2) A2 | B2 BA G2 | A2 AG F2 | G2 GF E2 | F2 FE D2 | FG A2A,2 | D4 :| |: A2 | d2 (de)fg | a2 ag f2 | g2 gf e2 | (f4 e2) | fg a2 gf | ef g2 (fe) | (de) (e3d) | d4 :||
DRAPER'S MAGGOT. English, Country Dance Tune (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle) AABB. "Draper's Maggot" first appears in Henry Playford's 13th edition of the Dancing Master (1706), then in Walsh's Compleat Dancing Master, vol. 1 (1718). 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'. Playford's 1706 volume also contained companion tune, also new to his 1706 edition, called "Draper's Gardens (2)", and one might easily surmise the two tunes together are connected with the Draper's Guild, once one of the most powerful companies in London. 'Draper' was originally a term for a retailer or wholesaler of cloth that was mainly for clothing. A draper may additionally operate as a cloth merchant or haberdasher.