Lady Owen's Delight

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LADY OWEN'S DELIGHT. AKA - "Dvyrwch Arlwyddes Owain," "Lady Owen’s Favourite," "Maldod Arglwyddes Owen." Welsh, Air (3/8 or 3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "The pedigree of the Owen family weaves intricately back and traces itself in a family tradition to Canaanite lords of Shechem, the seed of the god Baal. (Beli, the Celtic god, was a form of Baal.) It is curious the number of links that can be found between ancient Britain and the shere of the Old Testament. The tune here is probably late eighteenth century, a harper's air which survived as a tune for songs (Williamson, 1976).

Groves (1911 edition, "Welsh Music", p. 497) gives that the first Welsh publications of the melody appear in the works of Blind Parry, where it is included in his first collection of twenty-four 'Arias' (an un-named publication), and in Twelve Airs for one and two Guitars (c. 1760-65, where the tune appears without a name). A later edition of the latter work (1781) gives the title as "Difyswch Arglwyddes Owne's."


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Printed sources : - Bingley (North Wales...delineated from two excursions, vol. 2), 1804; p. 5. Edward Jones (A choice collection of 51 Welsh airs), 1863; p. 20. Williamson (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1976; p. 42.






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