Eccles’s Maggot

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ECCLES'S MAGGOT. AKA - "Eccle's Maggot." English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was published in all four editions of John Young's Second Volume of the Dancing Master (1710-1728), and in rival London publishers Walsh and Randall's The New Country Dancing Master, Second Book (1710). It also appears in Walsh and Hare's Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (London, 1719), and in John Walsh's (the younger) The Compleat Country Dancing-Master, volume the Sixth (1754).

The title refers perhaps to London composer John Eccles [1] (1668-1735), born into a musical family; he was the eldest son of composer Solomon Eccles (1618–1683), and brother of composer Henry Eccles. John became the Master of the King's Musick in 1700 and served four British monarchs during his career. He wrote incidental music and composed for the theater, but is said to have spent much of his time fishing.

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