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Welsh Medley: Five Traditional Celtic folk songs arranged for string quartet

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Composed by Traditional. Arranged by Yoel Epstein. Christian, Folk, Celtic, Christmas, Thanksgiving. Score, Set of Parts. 33 pages. Published by Yoel Epstein (S0.161429).

Item Number: S0.161429

If ever there was a nation with songin its heart, it is the Welsh. These five traditional Celtic folksongs areamong the best known and best loved of all folk music.

Ar Hyd Y Nos(All Through The Night), first published in 1784 in EdwardJones's anthology of folk songs, Musicaland Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards, became one of the most popularhymns in the English-speaking world. A popular Christmas song, All Throughthe Night also appears in numerous films and stage productions, beginningwith John Gay's opera of 1728 and up to the present day.

Calon Lân (apure heart), a traditional Celtic tune with lyrics later written by DanielJames (Gwyrosydd) in the 1890s, has become the anthem of the Welsh Rugbyleague.

Llwyn Onn(The Ash Grove) was first published in 1892 in The Bardic Museum byharpist Edward Jones. In its English version, with words written by poet ThomasOliphant, it is traditionally sung in America on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Dafydd y Gareg Wen (David of theWhite Rock). This song was written by David Owen, a harpist who died about 1720at the tender age of 29. Tradition says that Owen was lying on his deathbed,and called for his harp. Too weak to hold the harp, he was helped by his wife,who held the harp upright while he played this haunting tune.

Rhyfelgyrch Gwyr Harlech (Men of Harlech) describes the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle between1461 and 1468. Commanded by Constable Dafydd ap Ieuan, the Welsh garrisonwithstood the longest known siege in the history of the British Isles

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