by Jenna Koo
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What is a jig, one might ask? According to Dictionary.com, a jig is “a rapid, lively, springy, irregular dance for one or more persons, usually in triple meter.” I do not have much to say about my short musical byte, except for the fact that it was inspired by my love for Irish music. The initial idea to compose “The Jig of Tollymore” came about when I sang an Irish improvisational piece while washing the dishes after lunch. At first, my composition sounded too much like Morrison’s Jig, a popular, lively Irish tune. As a result, I had to adjust some of the notes of my own work.
Honestly, I believe titling my composition was the hardest part of the composing process. I initially brainstormed multiple titles–this proved fruitless. So, I shifted my focus to researching Irish towns when I discovered a cute, little hut with a medieval impression. I thought the name of the cabin served perfectly as the song title.
The end section of the jig repeats the same melody twice. I intended for the repeat of the melody to be played louder, but the dynamics, the louds and softs of music, were modified slightly due to my iPad’s incompetence to playback with different volume. Although I intended for the piece to sound authentically Irish, I added my own personal flair to help emphasize who wrote the piece.
About the Composer:
Name: Jenna Koo
- What classes are you taking with TPS this year?
English 3 Lit. Survey, Starting Points, Pre-AP Biology, Spanish 2, Geography for High School, Geometry Honors, and U.S. Government.
- How many years have you been apart of TPS?
This will be my fourth year. Go TPS!
- What are a few of your hobbies or favorite things?
Playing or composing music, learning more about God, exercising, spending time with my family, and reading