My Lord Byron's Maggot
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MY LORD BYRON'S MAGGOT. AKA and see "Lord Byron's Maggot," "Lord Biron's Maggot." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A maggot was another term for a dram, a unit of liquid measure, and also meant something of small or little consequence or a plaything; from the Italian maggioletta . Maggots were latter 17th century longways country dances written generally to triple-time tunes and often dedicated to a personage. The country dance and tune were first printed in Henry Playford's Dancing Master , 12th edition (1703), and in all following editions, through the 18th and final edition of 1728 (then published by John Young). The dance was popular (and remains so in English Country Dancing circles), perhaps because of its ritualized coquettishness. See also London publisher John Walsh's version "Lord Byron's Maggot" for more.
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Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 457, p. 105. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 71.
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