(This is my own posting reblogged from WhittakerLive.blogspot.com. Here I blog it under my own name with the addition of a flute quartet arrangement that I wrote this weekend.)
Glancing through a modern edition of an 18th century flute book, I found “John Anderson’s Maggot”. Strange, I thought. I know the Robert Burns favourite, John Anderson, my Jo – but Maggot is hardly a term of endearment, so … what’s a maggot?
This weekend, after a busy Saturday rushing hither and yonder, I allowed myself to unwind with a bit of music arranging. Here’s the midi-soundfile of my own flute quartet arrangement – John Anderson’s Maggot, from Daniel Wright’s Aria di Camera:- https://soundcloud.com/karen-mcaulay/john-andersons-maggot
Daniel Wright’s solo flute collection dates from the early 1730s. This is a set of three variations for unaccompanied flute, on ‘John Anderson, my Jo.’ I added the unadorned theme as the opening section, then set the whole lot for flute quartet – 3 flutes and a bass flute. (Here’s hoping there’s a flute quartet out there willing to try it!)