Fonds GB 0210 WILRGE - William George (Composer) Manuscripts and Papers,

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William George (Composer) Manuscripts and Papers,


  • 1865-1920 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.072 cubic metres (8 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

The composer William George (d.1920), from Ystalyfera, Glamorgan wrote anthems, cantatas, choruses, marching songs, part-songs, hymns, duets, musical drama and arrangements. He also wrote three operas: Y Ferch o Gefn Ydfa; Bugail Craig y Fforest, and Y Gobaith Lofruddiwyd or Gwenhwyfar. Many of his hymns are still sung today in the Presbyterian Church of Wales, the Independent Church and the Baptist Church in Wales. They are included in the hymn book, Caneuon Fydd.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by his grandson, Rev. H. T. Samuel, Rhaeadr, 1972. Other manuscripts purchased between 1986 and 1967.

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Scope and content

Music manuscripts and personal papers of the composer William George, 1865-1920, including anthems, [1900]-1920; hymns, 1894-1920; part-songs, [1901]-1908; marching songs, 1901-1913; secular music, 1910-1917; duets, 1913-1919.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: opera; sacred music; secular music; music by other composers; personal papers.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

February 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, William George (Composer) Manuscripts and Papers, 1975, 1986.

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