Kemp’s Jig polka

Also known as Kemp’s, Kemp’s Jegg, Will Kemp’s, Will Kemp’s Jig.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Kemp's Jig has been added to 28 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Kemp's Jig
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f>g fe | d>e dc | BA Bc | d4 |
f/e/f/g/ fe |d/c/d/e/ dc | BA B/A/B/c/ | d4 |
~fa ~fa |fa/g/~f2 | eg eg |ed/=c/ B^c |
dA FA |dA/G/ FA |BA Bc | d4 |
fa f/g/a | fa/g/ f/e/d |eg e/=f/g | ed/=c/ B^c |
dA F/>G/ A | d/A/B/A/ F/>G/ A | BA B/A/B/c/ | d4 |]
2
X: 2
T: Kemp's Jig
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f3g f2e2 | d3e d2c2| B2A2 B2c2 | d4 d4|
fefg f2e2 | dcde d2c2 | B2A2 BABc | d4 d4 |
~f2a2 ~f2a2 | f2ag ~f4 | e2g2 e2g2 | e2d=c B2^c2 |
d2A2 F2A2 | d2AG FGA2 | B2A2 B2c2 | d4 d4 |]

Eight comments

Kemp´s "Jig"

This tune is strangely enough called Kemp´s jig even though it doesn´t actually is a jig by modern definitions. And to make things even worse it´s uploaded here as a polka to fit the right time! It´s from the 16th century and perhaps defenition of a jig the was wider then it is today - nice catchy tune anyhow!

Shakesreare’s Clown

Will Kemp lost a bet and had to jig between two towns in England. This piece (perhaps by John Dowland) commemorates this. Kemp was Shakespeare’s favorite clown and premiered some of his greatest roles, esp the fool in Lear.

Kemp’s Jig

Will Kemp danced from London to Norwich (apparently?) the jig he danced was presumably a Morris Jig or solo Morris dance.

Alternative version of Kemp´s jig

X:1
T:23a. Kemp’s Jig
C:anonymous (John Dowland?) 1595
R:jig
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:D
f3g f2e2 | d3e d2c2| B2A2 B2c2 | d4 d4|
fefg f2e2 | dcde d2c2 | B2A2 BABc | d4 d4 |
~f2a2 ~f2a2 | f2ag ~f4 | e2g2 e2g2 | e2d=c B2^c2 |
d2A2 F2A2 | d2AG FGA2 | B2A2 B2c2 | d4 d4 |]

Kemp’s Nine Daies Wonder

Will Kemp, second in comedy only to Dick Tarleton in his day, actually took more than nine days to dance from London to Norwich, but only because he paused to rest between stages. The days of dancing were indeed nine, and he tells the whole tale in his own words:
http://www.uoregon.edu/~rbear/kemp.html

I have mapped the approximate route of his journey on Google Maps

Not so original score

The Kemps Jegg in Playford is a minor 6/4 tune, quite different to the one given here apart from the name.

Re: Kemp’s Jig

this 2/4 polka time is really taken from a morris jig tradition and has nothing to do with polkas