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STWFFWL, Y (The Doorknocker). Welsh, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Tune is the air to several well known Welsh songs. John Parry, writing in the Cambro-Briton, vol. 1 (1819, pp. 174-175) remarks:

I am sorry, that such a sweet air, as this is, should have such an unmusical name [as "The Door Clapper"]. It is called in many parts of Wales "The Withered Leaf." The words in this selection commence thus:

Sure form of frail beauty that bloom'd for a while,
And bade for a season the green forest smile:
Ah! well may'st thou shrink from the pitiless blast,
And pine for the days that forever are past.

A setting for the song was composed by Franz Joseph Haydn [Hob. XXXIb:50].

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kidson & Shaw (Songs of Britain: A Collection of One Hundred English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish National Airs), 1913; p. 96 (appears as "The Withered Leaf"). Williamson (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1976; p. 41.

Recorded sources: Eastern Woods Music Records, Peter Janson - "A Long Road: Tunes from Celtic Lands" (2013). Idlewild Recordings, Idlewild - "Hindeg" (2003).

See also listing at:
Hear the Haydn setting of the song performed on youtube.com [1]




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