Huntington's Maggot

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HUNTINGTON'S MAGGOT. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BBCC'. The word 'maggot' comes from the Italian magioletta and the French magot, meaning a trifle, whim, plaything, or item of small consequence. The avian magie was originally called a "maggoty-pie" due to its perceived whimsical drollery, and a whimsical man was once called a "maggoty-pated fellow." "Huntington's Maggot" was published Henry Playford in his Dancing Master [1], 9th edition (London, 1695, p. 191) and in all subsequent editions through the 18th, then published by John Young in London in 1728. It also appears in John Walsh's Compleat Country Dancing Master (London, 1718). No one seems to know the origins of the name, although Pepys mentions the Huntington Waits in his diary of 1667.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 324, p. 78. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 62.

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