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Yr Hen Erddygan
Variants on an Ancient Welsh Melody
Mansel Thomas (1909 - 1986)
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Cover image Work: Single work for solo harp
Catalogue No: Adlais 067
ISMN: 979-0-57032-033-2
Edition: 2005 Archive, A4 stapled
Duration: c. 21 minutes
Suitable for: Grade 8, Pedal Harp
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A superb solo by a major twentieth century composer

'YR HEN ERDDYGAN is one of the oldest, if not the very oldest of our Welsh folk melodies. It was first brought to my notice by the folksinger, Dora Herbert Jones. In 1955, I made an arrangement of the tune for the master-cellist, Pablo Casals. The present work consists of a set of free variants, each of which bears a title. The melody is never heard complete until the concluding movement, "Theme and Epilogue". The work is inscribed to Ann Griffiths and her husband, Dr. Lloyd Davies, and I am deeply indebted to them for their valuable and timely help.' Mansel Thomas

The first performance of this work was given by Ann Griffiths in Aberystwyth on October 13th, 1975.

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