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"Jack's Maggot" - An English Country Dance



 Genre: Baroque

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Another English country dance from Playford!
First, a note about the song art:
There is no "band," it's still just me and my instruments, but I needed a name for the project/album. (Yes, I *am* planning to record quite a few of these dances, so look out for more in the future!)
The name comes from a quote by Jonathan Swift (of Gulliver's Travels fame) in which he referred to the Irish orchestra which premiered Handel's Messiah as "a detestable club of fiddlers." While I do not agree with Swift's assessment of the orchestra, I just like the way that phrase sounds (oddly enough) and, given that the position of 'Fidler' was not a terribly exalted one in those days, it seems rather fitting, I think. :)

What's Real:
Susato Wide-Bore Soprano Recorder
Tenor Violin
Cello (Pitch-Shifted Viola)

What's Not:
Garritan Clarinet (Sequenced in Finale)
Garritan Bassoon (Sequenced in Finale)
Sampled Harpsichord (Sequenced in Finale)
Sampled Finger-Cymbals

Arranged and recorded/produced by Brandon, 2011.
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Uploaded: Feb 09, 2011 - 08:08:28 AM
Last Updated: Mar 01, 2011 - 09:36:15 AM Last Played: Feb 21, 2017 - 10:25:51 AM
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jottdee said 2328 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
it's realy baroque
You transmit me in time! yeah;-)
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magnatone said 2327 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Jack's Maggot
this is terrific! it's cool to see the list of what's real and what's midi - you are a danged good fiddler brandon - that's very impressive. i love this genre- it just makes ya happy! thanks for this great song!
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LonePineMusic said 2327 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Makes ya happy?
I'm glad! Thanks for your kind comments. I don't deserve to be called a "danged-good fiddler" though! :) I just love playing this kind of music and especially since I actually do ECD semi-regularly...
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Corporal Beef said 2327 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Very well played, and a very clear recording. I enjoyed this a lot. The finger cymbals were a bit loud in my KRKs, but maybe it's just me. Thanks for posting.
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LonePineMusic said 2327 days ago (February 10th, 2011)
You know, it's odd. Those finger cymbals sound different with every set of speakers I have (my monitors, computer spkrs and headphones) and I don't know why. I'm not sure if it's my mastering, or what. My limiter might be squeezing them a just little too much...
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mrattue said 2327 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Baroque Dance
Really brilliantly put together. Having just walked in the fields of the English Countryside today i can vouch for the basic roots of this piece, even though the baroque tendency does not quite accord with the rustic flavour of the outdoors, nor do the instruments themselves and complex arrangement evoke a genuinely rural setting.

Rather the earthy, simple enthusiasm has migrated into milord's hall, and gone up several notches in refinement and character, which many might argue is no bad thing!

Real quality in this, and impressive command of the baroque genre.

Much enjoyed. Thank you.


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regulus said 2327 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Happy little ditty
Really enjoyed this. So. you are responsible for all of this and unaided with accomplices! Well there should be stocks waiting for you and I hope you get everything you deserve when you come out with an album of such as this.

Indeed, I will have to keep an eyes out for more, from the likes of you.

This note is in keeping with the poster affixed at the top and carried on with a tung in cheek posture. The only thing that would have made this more agreeable is if you had been with us with the downloadability. As this tis the one and only time that any of us will hear it again. Good luck..........

I this an original composition or
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Honza said 2325 days ago (February 11th, 2011)
Congratulations for such a nice piece. It is really lovely to hear all these instruments together, makes one feel like centuries ago. Not to mention that there is just one man behind them all! But the greatest thing for me here is the happy feel ... a music that brings a smile on ones face is a real achievement. Great job!
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jiguma said 2325 days ago (February 11th, 2011)
Love it!
Nice to see the real/virtual breakdown in the notes - I wonder what 17th century people would have thought about that!
The cymbals sound fine on my Sennheiser HD280s.
Very enjoyable!
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LonePineMusic said 2322 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
I would imagine...
Once they got past the fact that the music was coming out of SPEAKERS and not 'real' instruments in the first place, they would've been shocked that I didn't actually play all the sounds here. :)
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hackneybloke said 2322 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
jack's maggot
wow..what an accomplished and pro-sounding creation. and it's all you - mike oldfield has nothing on you. excellent work from a real talent.
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LonePineMusic said 2322 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
You're Very Kind!
I'm flattered, though I'm sure I'VE got nothing on Mike Oldfield... :)
Thank you.
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