Straight Jig (3)

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X:1 T:Jigg T:Straight Jig [3] N:”Titus is first part of this gig.” M:2/4 L:1/8 S:Isaac Homan manuscript (mid-19th century, Bellport, S:Long Island, NY, Book 2, p. 15) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A c/>A/F/>A/ E/F/A/B/|c/B/c/A/ {e}d/{e}c/d/B/|c/A/F/A/ E/F/A/B/|c/A/B/G/ AA,:| c/e/z/f/ e/c/B/A/|c/e/z/e/ c'a|c/e/z/f/ e/c/B/A/|d/B/c/A/ (F/A/)A:| |:cA (A/4B/4c/4)A/4 E|z/A/E/A/ c/e/z/e/|e/d/B/d/ c/A/F/E/|1F/A/B/c/ d/c/d/B/:|2 F/A/B/G/ AA,||



STRAIGHT JIG [3]. American, Straight Jig (2/4 time). AABBCC'. "Straight Jig [3]" is from the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of Bellport, Long Island, musician and ship-builder Isaac Homan, where it is titled simply "Jig". It is an early example of a syncopated, duple-time tune often played on the banjo and particularly associated with stage dancers of the 1880's. Homan adds the note "Titus is first part of this gig," a reference to an individual often mentioned in Homan's mss. as Titus or as "M. Titus," but never with a full first name. It is unclear if Titus variously composed or arranged the music, but it is obvious he was a musician of significance to Homan with whom he interacted regularly.


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