Isaac’s Maggot waltz

Also known as Dr Issac’s Maggot, Dr. Isaac’s Maggot, Mr Isaac’s Maggot, Mr. Isaac’s Maggot.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Isaac's Maggot has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Isaac's Maggot
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a2 f2 e2 | d/e/ f ed cB | Ad dc B2| Be ed cA |
a2 f2 e2 | d/e/ f ed cB | Ad dc B g/f/ | ed ec d2|
|: FA AB A2 | FA AA B/c/ d | FA AB A2 | FA AA B/c/ d |
a g/a/ b a/g/ a g/a/ | b/a/g/f/ g/f/e/d/ cA | a g/a/ b a/g/ a g/a/| b/a/g/f/ e/f/g/a/ fd |
f2 g2 ad | d/e/ f ed cA | f e/f/ g f/g/ aA | Ad dc d2 :|
X: 2
T: Isaac's Maggot
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a2 f2 e2 | d/e/ f ed cA | Ad dc B2| Be ed cA |
a2 f2 e2 | d/e/ f ed cA | Ad dc B g/f/ | ed dc d2|
FA AB A2 | FA A B/c/ d A| FA AB A2 | FA A B/c/ d A |
a g/a/ b a/g/ a g/a/ | b/a/g/f/ g/f/e/d/ cA | a g/a/ b a/g/ a g/a/|
b/a/g/f/ g/f/e/d/ cA | f2 g2 a2 | d/e/ f ed cA | f2 g2 a2| Ad dc d2 ||

Eleven comments

Isaac’s Maggot.

This is a dance tune from Playford, and is IMO a cracker.

I’ve entered it with the first part played through once and the second part twice, because - again IMO - it seems to power along particularly well played thus. But I don’t know how it’s generally done by ETM or country dance cognoscenti: you have been warned! In a c18 Playford I’ve seen the tune seems to be run through with no repeats.

20 bars NO repeats

It’s a 20 bar dance and I’ve always played it as such with NO repeats so why do otherwise? It doesn’t gain anything and in fact the dynamics of the tune are spoilt.

By the way, what is IMO? Have I missed something?

Posted by .

IMO means "in my opinion".

Thanks nicholas, I realised that as soon as I sent the message.

Posted by .

Incidentally it’s a 3/2, not a waltz.

3/2

Well nicholas ~ why isn’t it under 3/2 tunes? Why’d you pick ‘waltz’? :-/

I entered it as a 3/2 - honest, Guv..! I blame the programme.

The programme picked it for me. Mine not to reason why. I entered it as a 3/2.

Isaac’s Maggot, X:2

The Version I heard at Euroots-Session in Vienna.

Re: Isaac’s Maggot

Some additional Information: see tunearch.org/wiki - there you can find an exact description: English, Country Dance Tune (3/2 time) - normally in C Major … dates to 1695

Re: Isaac’s Maggot

This really needs to be reworked : the original manuscript does indeed show 3/2 ; the C Major that you assume is in fact G Mixolydian. The contour of the tune itself is is almost totally different in its original form to the two ABC versions shown here, and the number of repeats for each strain (8 or 12 bars) is annotated for you, to suit the dance.

Re: Isaac’s Maggot

… But then in the second measure, the tonality certainly does shift to ‘C’ …