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X:1 T:Stwffwl, Y T:Doorknocker, The M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air B:Edward Jones – Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards (1784, p. 69) F: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G V:1 dc|B2c2d2|(F3G)A2|B2G2G2|G3A B2|c2A2d2|(^c3d)e2|f2d2^c2|d4:| |:e2|c4c2|c3de2|d2B2G2|(B3c)d2|e2A2G2|F2d2c2|B2G2G2|G4:| V:2 clef = bass z2|G,4G,,2|D,4D,,2|G,,4G,2|E,3F, G,2|A,4F,2|E,2D,2^C,2|D,2A,2A,,2|[D,4F,4A,4D4:| |:z2|A,4A,2|A,3B,C2|[G,4B,4][G,2B,2]|G,3A,B,2|C4^C2|D4D,,2|G,2G,,2G,,2|G,,4:|

STWFFWL, Y (The Doorknocker). Welsh, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. "Y stwffwl" 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].

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Edward Jones (Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards), 1784; p. 69. 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 [1]

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