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Welsh Music

Welsh music, vocal and instrumental, including national airs, hymn-tunes, etc., collected by John Jenkins and much of it transcribed by him; Welsh airs collected by John Gwynne (Philomusus) and Aneurin; and psalm-tunes, many of them sent for competition at the Powys eisteddfod, 1824, by J. Davies (Glynceiriog), David Harris (Nantllymysten, afterwards of Carno), David Jenkin Morgan (Dewi Cynllo), Cadwaladr Jones (saer maen, Trawsfynydd), John Cain Jones, Robert Jones (Saer maen, Llanuwchllyn), James Lewis (Cwmscawen, Radnorshire), William Owen (Gwilym Glan Hafren), David Owens (Eglwysfach, Denbighshire), Pierce Pierce (Mold), and Roger Woodhouse (Newtown).

Welsh airs

  • NLW MS 23434C.
  • File
  • [?1820s]

A manuscript music book, [?1820s], belonging to a Mrs Fletcher, containing arrangements of eight Welsh folk-tunes for harp or pianoforte.

'Udgorn Sion'

'Udgorn Sion, sef casgliad o donau cynulleidfaol gan David Jones ('Dewi Wyllt'), Caernarfon', transcribed by Thomas Jones, Ty'n llan, Llantrisant, 13 November 1861. The collection includes hymn-tunes by David Jones ('Dewi Wyllt'), W[illiam] J[ohn] Hughes, Sandbach, Owen [Humphrey] Davies ('Eos Llechid'), Madog Owen, E. Pughe, Bangor, W. Williams, Llanfairfechan, E[dward] Evans ('Heman Gwent'), J[ohn] Ambrose Lloyd (hymn-tunes adjudged best at the Manchester Literary Festival, St David's Day, 1856), John Owen ('Owain Alaw'), D. Thomas, Maesteg, and Morris Jones, Mallwyd.


  • NLW MS 8170B
  • File
  • 1833

A tune book belonging to George Lewis Davies, 1833, containing a selection of popular hymn-tunes.

Davies, George Lewis

Tune book,

  • NLW MS 23223A
  • File
  • 1823-1829 /

Tune book, 1823-9, compiled by Juliana Isabella Mary Pennant (1808-42) of Penrhyn Castle, co. Caernarfon, first wife of Edward Gordon Douglas-Pennant, first baron Penrhyn of Llandegai, containing contemporarily fashionable music, mostly dances, a few songs (words in English, French and Italian). The only Welsh tune is 'Sweet Richard' (p. 19). Includes two nursery songs, 'Anthony Rowley' (p. 34) and 'Little Bo Peep' with words (p. 35). The sources are noted for some pieces, e.g. 'Llanidan ... 1826' (pp. 37 and 38), 'C. Ma C. St Petersburg ... 1829' (p. 69).

Pennant, Juliana Isabella Mary, 1808-1842

Tune book

  • NLW ex 2327
  • File
  • [1800-1898]

A music manuscript [c.1800]-1898, possibly from Waunfawr, Caerns., containing various hymn-tunes, anthems and psalm tunes by James Mills, Llanidloes, and others, beginning in a hand c.[1800] and twice inscribed in another hand 'February 1898'. One of the pages bears the inscription 'William Jones'.

Tune book

The tune book of Samuel Paigne, Waterford, 1799, containing psalm-tunes, hymn-tunes, anthems and choruses from The Messiah.

Paigne, Samuel, Waterford

Tonau, etc.

  • NLW MS 10889A.
  • File
  • [19 cent.]

A tune-book containing hymn-tunes, anthems, etc., by Cadwaladr Jones, Daniel Thomas Williams ('Tydfylyn'), George Frederic Handel, Edward Stephens ('Tanymarian') and others. The words to one of the tunes are by Robert Parry ('Robyn Ddu Eryri').


A book of hymn-tunes compiled by John Rees, Tregaron.

John Rees, Tregaron.


  • NLW MS 10887A.
  • File
  • [19 cent.].

A tune-book containing hymn- and psalm-tunes. The names of composers recorded in the volume are [James] Leach, W. J. White, John Williams, Dolgelley, William Pugh, Harlech, J. R. Jones, Ramoth, John Ellis, [Edward] Harwood, H. J. Hughes, Rome, Oneida Co., N.Y., and J. Jeffreys.


  • NLW MS 10886A.
  • File
  • [19 cent.].

A tune-book containing hymn- and psalm-tunes and anthems, mainly unsigned. The few composers recorded in the volume are John Pugh, Dr. [Edward] Miller, John Williams, Richard Ellis, and William Wilson. The volume may be in the hand of Robert Gwilym (see 561).

Tonau ac anthemau,

The tune book of William Jones, 1800, containing psalm-tunes, hymn-tunes, anthems, etc., by Hugh Jones, Pen y Bwth, Llandwrog, W[illia]m Hughes, Bryn y Beddau, John W[illia]ms, Dolgellau, Robert Griffith, Caernarvon, John Evans, Ty mawr, Llanddeiniolen, and John Jeffreys. Many of the pieces are unattributed. Written on the inside covers and elsewhere are a metrical psalm by W[illiam] Williams, Llandegai, and unsigned hymns.

William Jones.

Tonau ac anthemau

A large collection of hymn-tunes and anthems copied by J. D. Jones, 1849-50. A large number of his own compositions are included, together with works by R. Mills, J. Ambrose Lloyd, Charles James, John Roberts, Aberystwyth, J. Edwards, T. Price, J. R. Evans ('Primrose Hill'; 'aged 10 years'), W. Mathews, R. Beynon, T. E. Jones, T. Jarman, R. Edwards, Edward Stephens ('Tanymarian'), J. D. Edwards, D. J. Morgan, J. Morgan, Aberystwyth, R. H. Prichard, D. T. Williams, William Owens, Griffith Owen, J. Morgan, Cadnant, and English and continental composers.


  • NLW MS 10888A.
  • File
  • [19 cent.]

A tune-book containing hymn-tunes, psalm-tunes, anthems, glees, and folk-songs by John Williams, Cadwaladr Jones, John Evans, Rhuddlan, Charles Avison, Richard Mills, William Byrd, George Frederic Handel, Morris Davies and others.


A copy, which belonged to John Jenkins, of Psalmo-Doxologia A New and Complete Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes ... (London, no date).

Jenkins, John, 1770-1829

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