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Y Delyn Aur
The Golden Harp
Ann Griffiths
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Cover image Work: Single work for solo harp / SATB Choir & Harp
Catalogue No: Adlais 022
ISMN: 979-0-57032-025-7
Edition: 2004, A4 stapled
Suitable for: Grade 5-6, Pedal Harp
Price:: £5.50  Go to shop
See Also: Adlais 022 can be used in conjunction with the choral parts
Adlais 153: Y Delyn Aur to perform the work for Choir & Harp
See all Adlais Publications by Ann Griffiths

Y Delyn Aur performed by Elinor Bennett at Tamnak Prathom Harp Centre, Thailand in 2015


In 1916, HRH Prince Chudadhuj, a student at Cambridge University, purchased an Erard-style gold harp and brought it back to Thailand. It was the country’s first harp. To celebrate the centenary of the Chudadhuj Harp, Tamnak Prathom Harp Centre presented the “Golden Music for the Golden Harp” concert at Siam Society, Bangkok, on July 17, 2015 . Elinor Bennett, foremost teacher and harpist from Wales, performed music from the golden age of the harp on this historic instrument.

Y Delyn Aur

Although obviously of much greater antiquity, the hymn-tune Y DELYN AUR (The Golden Harp) was first published only in 1879. The tune is inextricably linked with the words of William Williams, Pantycelyn's hymn bearing the same title. In this arrangement Y Delyn Aur is interwoven with the ancient plainsong melody Te lucis ante terminum, the office hymn for Compline.

A choral arrangement was made at the request of harpist Brynmor Williams and is dedicated to the Auckland Welsh Choir and its conductor Diana Rhodes. The harpist uses the score Adlais 022, the choir use Adlais 153.

The cover engraving is by Liliane Schaefer-Minerbe (1934-2003).

Front cover of the score

Sample of the music