Mr. Beveridge’s Maggot

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MR. BEVERIDGE'S MAGGOT. English, Country Dance Tune (3/2 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Sharp): AABB (Barnes, Offord). Beverdige was a court dancing master whose hey-day was in the 1680's in England and who, along with Issacs, began devising maggots--distinctive longways country dances set to triple-time hornpipes. A maggot was another name for a dram, a diminutive unit of liquid measure, but also meant a trife, whim, a plaything, or a small thing of little consequence, from the Italian maggioletta. The Maggots began appearing in Henry Playford's Dancing Master ninth edition (1695), and the appendix to that edition, entitled The Second Part of the Dancing Master, contains most of the 24 dances attributed to Beveridge [1]. This melody dates to that time when it was printed by Playford along with directions for a country dance. The tune and dance were retained in the long-running series of Dancing Master editions through the 18th and final edition a 1728, published at the latter time by John Young, Playford's successor. The tune, as "Beveridge's Maggot," was also published by rival London music publisher John Walsh in his Compleat Country Dancing Master (1718, p. 193).


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Printed sources : - Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Fleming Williams & Shaw (English Dance Airs; Popular Selection, Book 1), 1965; p. 8. Offord (John of the Green: Ye Cheshire Way), 1985; p. 24. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 28. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 79.






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  1. Margaret Dean-Smith & E.J. Nicol, "The Dancing Master: 1651-1728", Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 4, No. 4, Dec., 1943, p. 139.
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