The Swift jig

Also known as Il Rondone, Perigoldino.

The Swift has been added to 1 tune set.

The Swift has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Swift
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2d|d2B B2G|G2E c2c|D2D DEF|A2G d2d|
d2B B2G|G2E c2c|D2D DEF|G2z:|
|:B2A|A2A ^c2e|f2d d2A|B2G ED^C|E2D e2d|
d2d e2f|g2d B2G|EcB AGF|G2z:|
|:d2d|dcB BAG|e2C c2A|GFE DdF|A2G d2d|
dcB BAG|e2C c2A|GFE DdF|G2z:|
|:B2A|A^ce cAG|F2A d2^c|Bgf ea^c|e2d D2D|
cAF DEC|B,2d g2B,|Ced cAF|G2z:|
|:d2d|dba gfg|f2e e2d|dfa c'af|a2g d2d|
dba gfg|f2e e2d|dfa c'af|g2z:|
|:b2a|age ^cAG|FAd fd^c|BGF EA^C|E2D d2d|
cAf dec|BdB GDB,|C2e D2f|g2z:|
X: 2
T: The Swift
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e2 e|e2c c2A|A2F d2d|E2E EFG|B2A e2e|
e2c c2A|A2F d2d|E2E EFG|A2 z||
c2 B|B2B ^d2f|g2e e2B|c2A FE^D|F2E f2e|
e2 e f2g|a2e c2A|Fdc BAG|A2 z||
e2e|edc cBA|f2D d2B|AGF EeG|B2A e2e|
edc cBA|f2D d2B|AGF EeG|A2 z||
c2B|B^df dBA|G2B e2^d|cag fb^d|f2e EeE|
dBG EFD|C2e a2C|Dfe dBG|A2 z||
e2e|ec'b aga|g2f f2e|egb d'bg|b2a e2e|
ec'b aga|g2f f2e|egb d'bg|a2 z||
c'2 b|baf ^dBA|GBe ge^d|cAG FB^D|F2E e2e|
dBg efd|cec AEC|D2f E2g|a2 z||
e2 e|e2c c2A|A2F d2d|E2E EFG|B2A e2e|
e2c c2A|A2F d2d|E2E EFG|A2 z||
c2 B|B2B ^d2f|g2e e2B|c2A FE^D|F2E f2e|
e2 e f2g|a2e c2A|Fdc BAG|A2 z||

Ten comments

The Swift

A jig from one of Paganini’s many sonatas for violin with guitar accompaniment. I have transcribed it from a CD collection of Paganini’s work for violin and guitar played by Luigi Bianchi and Maurizio Preda.

The tune is a standard 8+8 jig with two further parts of variations. The theme may be played on its own, of course. The recording did not use repeats, but I have inserted them for convenience. Their use is optional.

As might be expected from a sonata movement, there is no name given by the composer, so, in keeping with the spirit of this particular tune I have provisionally named it “The Swift”, a name that I think suits the swoops in the music. I feel a real name is better than the anonymous Gan Ainm which is meaningless in this context. An opus number wouldn’t be particularly useful as a title, either.

Paganini sometimes used folk tunes or popular tunes of the time in his shorter violin pieces so there is the possibility that there is an original name out there somewhere. If anyone knows, please drop a comment.

I have not transcribed Paganini’s guitar part because the harmonic structure of the tune is obvious, and a competent guitarist should be able to devise an appropriate accompaniment with little difficulty.

The recording was played in A. I have transposed it to G because it may be easier in that key for some session instruments, and if it is played as a fiddle solo the resonances of G seem to be more suitable than those of the key of A.

The swift

Thanks for posting this tune, I have been playing it on my fiddle and once I have learned the swoops from the g string to the e string I hope to put it into my regular practice. It is also impressive to claim something by Paganini in your repertoire when you turn up at the folk club session. seriously though It is a lovely little tune.

The Swift

In an index of Paganini’s compositions that I’ve just come across, the second movement of “Lucca” sonata number 7, which is this tune, is named “Allegretto Perigoldino con due variazione”. I have not been able to find out what “Perigoldino” means (is it a word, place or person?) - can anyone help? - but it is played under that name as a guitar solo on YouTube. So I’ll add “Perigoldino” to the list of alternative names.

The other pieces in Paganini’s 36 “Lucca” sonatas for violin and guitar do not appear to have specific names, other than the usual adagio, allegro, etc.

The Swift

How is your Italian? - mine is useless but happily internet pages get translated these days

is a link to the “The Folk Dances of Celtic Lands - Dance of Piedmont” (I hope the link works, I usually screw this bit up)

It is in Italian, but Mr Gates is very clever and translated it for me

About half-way down the page, under the heading - Dances “waiter” documented in collection printed or handwritten - is what I assume to be a list of dances or dance styles; this includes perigurdino and perigoldino.

I have no idea if this helps in any way at all!

All the best

Peter Jenkins

Yup - Perigoldino/Perigurdin - “an ancient Ligurian folk dance of French origin (Périgord) in 6/8”.

The Swift

Peter and Weejie, many thanks for that info! Where would we be without you!

The Swift, X:2

This is the A major version as played by Bianchi and Preda on the CDs of Paganini’s works for violin and guitar mentioned above. It differs from the Gmajor version I posted originally in that the main tune (the first two parts) is repeated after the two variations, and no repeats of the parts are played anywhere (otherwise we would have a 128-bar piece!).

Playing the tune in A on the violin is markedly different to playing it in G. To start with, the resonances are quite different, there is a brighter feel due to being in A with modulations to E, and the swooping flight of the swift comes out even better in the second variation. Technically, it needs more attention to the fingering than the G major version (say, one little step up the technical ladder) but the end result is well worth the effort.