The Jenny Lind polka

By Anton Wallerstein

Also known as The Bridal, Jenny Lind’s, Jenny Lind’s Favorite Serenading, Jenny Lind’s Favourite, Jenny Lind’s Favourite Serenading, The Last Of June.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

The Jenny Lind has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Jenny Lind has been added to 37 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Jenny Lind
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Af Ge|Fd d/c/B/A/|Ge e/d/c/B/|Ad d/c/B/A/|
Af/A/ Ge/G/|Fd d/c/B/A/|ge c/d/e/c/|df d2:|
|:dB B/c/d/B/|AF FE/F/|GE E/F/G/A/|BA/^G/ AF/A/|dB B/c/d/B/|
AF AF/A/|1 GE [C/c/][D/d/][E/e/][C/c/]|[Dd][Cc] d2:|2 ge c/d/e/c/|df d2||
X: 2
T: The Jenny Lind
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FA GB|Af f/a/f/d/|Ae e/f/e/c/|Ad d/c/B/A/|
FA GB|Af f/a/f/d/|Ae e/f/g/e/|fd d2:|
|:dB B/c/d/B/|AF F2|AE E/F/G/E/|AD DF/A/|
dB B/c/d/B/|AF FA|dc/d/ e/f/g/e/|1 fd d>c:|2 fd d2||
X: 3
T: The Jenny Lind
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A/G/|FA GB|Af f/e/f|Ge e/d/e|Fd d/c/B/A/|
FA GB|Af f/e/f|ge e/g/f/e/|df d:|
|:e/f/|gf e/f/g/e/|dB B/A/B|cA A/G/A|BG Ge/f/|
gf e/f/g/e/|dB B/A/B|cA A/c/B/A/ GB G:|

Sixteen comments

“The Jenny Lind Polka” ~ hopefully different enough to survive on its own? 😏

This was inspired by a recent discussion, and then I realized I hadn’t added this particular “Jenny Lind”. Here’s the memory jog, Nigel Gatherer’s generosity of spirit again ~

Discussion: Free PDF Book Download
# Posted on December 27th 2011 by nigelg

& here you’ll find more ~
“Jenny Lind”
Submitted on August 21st 2005 by gian marco.

Like the lady they’ve been named for, these tunes got around. I remember finding an old large publication, more than once, but also in The National Library in Dublin, for a set of quadrilles, in honour of ‘The Swedish Nightengale’, Jenny Lind, and that the sets of tunes were all adapted from songs she was famous for singing. As I remember it there were the usual five figures, a tune for each. I’ve stumbled across a number of different tunes with ‘Jenny Lind’ given as the title, in life, sharing music, and in transcription too. The version given here I haven’t yet chased up in my notes, if I can find it, but came immediately to mind while exploring Nigel’s PDF offering, along with some other ways with it, all different from the way Alistair Anderson has it, but I’ve had that version from him too…

Yes, I’m feeling a little guilt in not having put this into the ‘comment’s, but ~ just not sure if it is different enough or not? 😏

Variation of the same tune rather than different tune?

I have heard a couple of versions of Jenny Lind of which I like the one played by Mary Bergin best

You have a recording of Mary Bergin playing this? I know she knows this and had played it, but I don’t know of any commercial recording featuring it, at least not coming immediately to mind? 😏

I’d be interested in her take on it. There are acutually a few ‘different’ melody directions taken in the 1800s with this as their title, and with some similarities…

Duh! 😏

My wife gets on me when something I seem to not see is right in front of my eyes, and I’ve the LP, cassette and CD of it, and I have her playing it somewhere in the field recordings. This is what happens under the stress of visiting relatives… Thanks Kenny, at least you’re kind enough not to just give me a kick or a slap upside the head and point. 😀

The link was always in the ‘details’… Now, when the stress is gone, I’ll have to do a transcription of it to add to the older submission, expecting her take will be closer to that.

~ a friend in the digital haze (though much more than digital over these holidays.) - ‘c’

The link wasn’t in the “details” this morning until I put “Jenny Lind’s” in as an alternative title, so you didn’t miss it, “c”. 🙂

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Swedish money

Jenny Lind is pictured on Sweden’s 50-crown paper currency. My old-time / bluegrass band (in Sweden) plays the Jenny Link polka as the second tune in a set that started with Jamie Allen. I often introduce the set by asking everyone to open their wallets and look at the picture on a 50-crown currency and then …well, you get the idea. Click on the last picture on the right on this link to see the 50-crown currency:

Thanks QI, she’s a beauty… I wish we could catch a listen to your band playing that set. It seems Jenny made her home here in the end, where she died.

“The Last of June” / “The Jenny Lind” ~ from the fiddle playing or Rose Murphy

Recording: “Round the House and Mind the Dresser: Irish Country-House Dance Music”
Track 7: Rose Murphy, fiddle
“The First of May” / “The Last of June” - Polkas for the Set

Here’s a basic transcription without Rose’s lovely double stops ~

X: 2
T: The First of May
T: The Jenny Lind
S: Rose Murphy, fiddle
S: “Round the House and Mind the Dresser: Irish Country-House Dance Music”, track 7, the 2nd polka of two
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: FA GB | Af f/a/f/d/ | Ae e/f/e/c/ | Ad d/c/B/A/ |
FA GB | Af f/a/f/d/ | Ae e/f/g/e/ | fd d2 :|
|: dB B/c/d/B/ | AF F2 | AE E/F/G/E/ | AD DF/A/ |
dB B/c/d/B/ | AF FA | dc/d/ e/f/g/e/ |[1 fd d>c :|[2 fd d2 |]

Re: The Jenny Lind

This is not an Irish Polka, However in recent years it has been adapted and used as a slide.