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Y Gadlys, Y Ferch o'r Scer, Tros y Garreg
John Thomas Pencerdd Gwalia (1826-1913)
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Cover image Work: Single work (medley) for two harps
Catalogue No: Adlais 070
ISMN: 979-0-57032-107-0
Edition: February 2007, A4 stapled, Set of Parts
Duration: c. 11' 10" minutes
Suitable for: Grade 7-8, Pedal Harp
Price:: £12.00  Go to shop
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The crown jewel of the harp duo repertoire. Based on Welsh melodies, this brilliant arrangement is played the world over.

Cambria is the second of John Thomas's duets based on Welsh Melodies, the first being Scenes of Childhood. 'Scenes of Childhood' received its first performance in a concert of Welsh Music held at London's Crystal Palace in July 1862. The harpists were John Thomas himself, and Frederick Chatterton, harpist to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, and Thomas's former professor at the Royal Academy of Music. The great success of this arrangement led to the composition of another in the same genre, premiered at London's St James's Hall on 'St David's Eve' (28 February), 1863.

Completely re-set, and in A4 format, 'Cambria' was released on 'St David's Eve' 2007.

The manuscript is held at the National Library of Wales, where its original uninspiring title 'Scenes of Childhood 2' can be seen to have been crossed out by the composer, to be replaced by the infinitely more evocative 'Cambria', the name by which this jewel of the harp duo repertoire has been known ever since.

The Welsh Melodies used in this arrangement are Y Gadlys (The Camp), Y Ferch o'r Scêr (The Maid of Sker), and Tros y Garreg (Over the Stone).

Ann Griffiths

Recordings of this music
Click CD cover to go to Creighton's Collection for further information & audio clips
Click for further informationSerenâd by Elinor Bennett & Meinir Heulyn
Click for further informationJohn Thomas (1826-1913) Harp Music by Lipman Harp Duo

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Sample of the music