File NLW MS 24049A. - Instrumental tune book,

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NLW MS 24049A.


Instrumental tune book,


  • [19 cent., second ¼] (Creation)

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161 ff. (paginated i-vi, 1-317, with p. 88 omitted by original paginator; pp. 169-176, 183-235, 237-260, 262-314 blank; original partial pagination of 1-156 (extended at NLW) reflecting loss or omission of pp. 11-14, 25-26, and mis-numbering at p. 89) ;195 x 95 mm.Original leather binding.Covers badly scuffed; pp. i-iv loose and nearly detached.Covers badly scuffed; pp. i-iv loose and nearly detached

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Archival history

Inscribed with the names of Evan Williams, Tai Isaf (p. 317); Evan Jones, Conway (p. 317); Evan J. Morris [the donor's grandfather] (inside rear cover); 'Jean Muir, Caederwen Villa, Bangor, 1963' [the donor’s mother] (inside rear cover). The donor claimed that the volume came from the family home at Penmachno.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Ms Moira Muir; Llandygai; Donation; March 2014; 006732608

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Scope and content

A secular tune book, undated, but watermarked 1828, and probably compiled during the second quarter of the nineteenth century. The tunes are largely unaccompanied by words, and some are marches, dance tunes and hornpipes, suggestive of instrumental use. Bass parts to some songs are included (e.g. pp. 136-140). Many of the tunes (which are indexed on pp. i-v) are of non-Welsh origin, such as Auld Lang Syne (pp. 1, 57, 78-79), The Hungarian March (p. 23), Duke of York's Cotillion (p. 24), Heart of Oak (p. 33), The Cuckoo (p. 35), Rule Britannia (pp. 36-37, 94), Downfall of Paris (p. 82) and The Huntsman Chorus (p. 90). The large number of Welsh tunes included suggest a Welsh origin, although non-traditional in background; where recorded, words are in English. Glan medd-dod mwyn is ascribed on p. 142 to 'J. Thomas [?Pentuwylo]'.
The Welsh tunes include Beaumaris Quick Step (p. 4), A Trip to Conway (p. 16), Llyweni Forest (pp. 17, 74), Nos Calan (p. 18), Morfa Rhyddlan (p. 18-19), Mentra Gwen (p. 19), Megan a Gollodd ei Gardas (pp. 20, 315), Meillionen or Sir Watkin's Delight (p. 21), Hufen y cwrw melyn (pp. 22, 26), Conceit Dafydd ap Gwilym (p. 28), Conceit William ap Owen Pencraig (Inco) (p. 29), Serch Hudol A Welsh Air (p. 31), The Men of Harlech's March (p. 65), Glan meddwdod mwyn (p. 67), The Break of Day (p. 68), Farewell Harp or Nos galan (pp. 69, 87), Gogerddan (p. 70), Penllyn Volunteers (p. 71), Ryfelgyrch gwyr Harlech (p. 72), Barmouth March (pp. 82-83), Llwyn onn (p. 84), The Rising of the Lark (pp. 97, 113), David y Gareg wen (p. 101), Merionethshire March (p. 108), Delight of the Men of Dyfi or Difyrwch gwyr Dyfi (p. 109), Black Sir Harry or Harri Ddy (p. 109), Cader Idris (p. 116), Pant corlan yr wyn (p. 123), Ffarwel Trwy'r Pwll by John Parry (p. 127), Pen Rhaw (p. 129), Noble Race was Shenkin (p. 144), Hunting the Hare (p. 145), Wrexham Hornpipe (p. 157), Dŵr Glân (p. 159), Mwynen Hafodelwy (p. 164), and Cader Idris alias Jeny Jones Llangollen (p. 166).

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Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

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English, with some Welsh titles.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 24049A.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2015.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Maredudd ap Huw;

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  • Text: NLW MS 24049A; $q - Covers badly scuffed; pp. i-iv loose and nearly detached.