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FARINELLI'S MAGGOT. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The melody with dance directions appears in London publisher John Walsh's Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (c. 1740, No. 1), followed by a printing in John Johnson's A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (1744, p. 6). A maggot was a term for whim, fancy or plaything; something of small consequence, from the Italian magioletta.
The title honor's Italian castrata singer Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi (1705-1782), whose stage name was Farinelli , a famous opera singer who visited London in 1734 and where he performed for a few years. Farinelli also played the harpsichord and, later in life, the viola d'amore. He also composed.
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