The Jig (Irish: port) is a form of lively folk dance in
compound meter, as well as the accompanying dance tune.
It developed in 16th century England, and was quickly
adopted on the Continent where it eventually became the
final movement of the mature Baroque dance suite (the
French gigue; Italian and Spanish giga). Today it is
most associated with Irish dance music and Scottish
country dance music. Jigs were originally in duple
compound meter, (e.g., 12/8 time), but have been
adapted to a variety of time signatures, by which they
are often classified into groups, including light jigs,
slip jigs, single jigs, double jigs, and treble
A light jig is the fastest of all the jigs, danced in
ghillies, and are performed in 6/8 time. The
performer's feet rarely leave the ground for long, as
the step is fast, typically performed at a speed around
116 at feiseanna.
Although originally composed for Celtic Harp, I created
this transcription for Flute Solo.