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Tune ID#923 (Jenny Lind's Polka)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Jenny Lind's Polka about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MB 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Jenny Lind's Polka / Jenny Lind Polka / Devlin's / Heel and Toe Polka / Bonnie Polka / The Last of June (1st in set Polkas on BFair) (also in G) (2nd part has a range of settings that only share a general outline)

cd Discography

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
192810#1
[BFair] Ballinasloe Fair. Early Recordings of Irish Music in America. Murty Rabbett (piccolo).
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~19767#2
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Rose Murphy (fiddle).
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~19935#2
[MB 2] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin 2. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (Eb whistle).
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~200810#3
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
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~20103#2
[Tda 4] Téada. Ceol and Cuimhne. Music and Memory. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, piano), Paul Finn (accordion), Damien Stenson (flute), Seán McElwain (guitar, bouzouki), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán).
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Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #308 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 145 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 230 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1927