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Mr Isaac's Maggott; a Playford tune from Princess Anne's 'Lute' book.

Performed by Stephen Kenyon on a baroque guitar made in 2013 by Alexander Batov. The edition from which this performance was made was edited by Monica Hall; ...

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on June 7, 2014 at 21:01

Well done, Stephen. Nice, for a change, to hear you play 5c instead of six singles; and a Batov to boot!

I recorded some pieces from this manuscript, in amongst this small collection:


Comment by Stephen Kenyon on June 7, 2014 at 12:25

Thanks Stuart, and you are right, they are quite complicated and demanding.  I took to them because I bought the Batov to play in a Playford repertoire trio, and then promtly found Monica's edition of these!

I did also appreciate your videos of some of them.  The set I recorded gets a performance tomorrow - I wonder how often that happens?

Comment by Stuart Walsh on June 5, 2014 at 21:27

Hello Stephen. I really enjoyed all your performances of these Playford pieces. I find them sometimes surprisingly difficult (as they are just little country dances tunes) - especially this one (especially bars 15 and 17). Princess Anne must have been a good player and she must have had a very well set-up guitar. (I suppose she could afford it!) To me it's very interesting how these Playford tunes are set for the five-course guitar... very different from just taking a plucked instrument and picking out the tunes as published by Playford.. but instead weaving (and sometimes losing) the melody line and incorporating  campanella and chord brushing

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