Blodau'r Drain

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BLODAU'R DRAIN (The Flowers of the Thorn). AKA- "Blodam Drain." "Blodau y Drain," "Blossoms of the Thorn." Welsh, Air (3/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Purists maintain it should be played strictly as a slow air, however, it is just as often heard (even among Welsh musicians and country dancers) set in waltz tempo for the couple dance (i.e. slightly faster, and even "swung"). Composer Franz Joseph Haydn arranged "Blodau'r Drain", one of several Welsh airs he composed settings for in the earliest years of the 19th century.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: William Bingley (North Wales...delineated from two excursions), 1804; p. 2.

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