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LARK [1], THE (Codiad Yr Ehedydd). AKA and see "Rising of the Lark (3)." Welsh, Air. A harp air attributed to the Welsh harper David Owen [1] (Davydd y Gareg-wen), who composed between 1720-1752. It was set with variations by Edward Jones 'Bardd y Brenin' in his book The Musical and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards (1784). The tune is widely used for penillion singing, according to Robin Huw Bowen, the style which demands that the singer sing verses after the harp has started, sing in a different meter and phrasing, yet end at the same time! Franz Joseph Haydn composed a setting of this song.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - William Bingley (North Wales...delineated from two excursions, vol. 2), 1804; p. 12. Jones (Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards), 1784; p. 155. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1854; p. 98 (as "Rising of the Lark").

Recorded sources: -Flying Fish FF70610, Robin Huw Bowen - "Telyn Berseiniol Fy Ngwlad/The Sweet Harp of My Land" (1996).



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