Minstrelsy of Chirk Castle (The)

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X:1 T:Erddigan Caer Waun T:Minstrelsy of Chirk Castle, The M:C L:1/8 R:Air Q:"With Energy" N:”Castell y Waun, or Chirk Castle, in Denhighshire, is the grand mansion N:of the Middletons, and the most perfect habitable Castle. In Wales it N:stands upn an eminence, and commands a most beautiful picturesque N:Country. When it was occupied by its ancient Barons it appears to have N:been the rec(?)acle of Bards.” B:Edward Jones – Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards (1784, p. 126) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Cmix A/B/|(cA)(BG) (AF) zA/B/|(cA)(BG) (AF) zG/A/|(B>c) (A>B) (G>A) (F>G)|E<C ~(D>C) C3:| |:E/F/|G2 GA ~B2 A2|~(G2F2)(E2[F2A2])|BAGF EF G/A/B/G/|F2 TE2 [A,3F3]:| M:6/8 L:1/8 c/B/|A>BG FGA|A>BG FGA|B>cA G>AF|E>FD C2:| M:C L:1/8 |:EF|[E2G2] GA (B>>cd/4) A2|(G>>AG/4 F2) (E>>FG/4) F2|BAGF EF G/A/B/G/|F2TE2 [A,2F2]!fermata!:|] P:Variation c|(3cAC) (3BGB, (3AFA, (3AFA,|(3cAC (3BGB, (3AFA, (3AFA,|(3B,GB (3A,FA (3G,EG (3F,DF|E<C ~(D>C) C3:| E>F|(3BEC (3AFC (3BFD (3AEC|(3GDB, (3FCA, (3EB,G, (3FCA,|(3B,BA (3GAF (3FEF (3DGB|(3cAF (3BGE F2:| M:6/8 L:1/8 [c/c'/][B/b/]|A/a/B/b/G/g/ F/f/G/g/A/a/|A/a/B/b/G/g/ F/f/G/g/A/a/|B/b/c/c'/A/a/ G/g/A/a/F/f/|E/e/F/f/D/d/ [C2c2]:| EF|z/4(G/4c/4e/4g/4e/4c/4G/4) GA (z/4B/4d/4f/4b/4f/4d/4B/4) z [Acea]|z/4(G/4B/4d/4g/4d/4B/4) z[FAcf] z/4(E/4G/4B/4e/4B/4G/4E/4) z[FAcf]| B/b/A/a/ G/g/F/f/ E/e/D/d/ C/c/B,/B/|z/4(A,/4C/4F/A/4F/4C/4A,/4) z/4(G,/4B,/4E/4G/4B,/4G,/4) [A,3C3F3]!fermata!:|]



ERDDIGAN CAER WAEN (The Minstrelsy of Chirk Castle). Welsh, Air (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. "Erdigan Caer Waen" was printed in the several late 18th and early 19th century publications of Edward Jones (harpist) (1752-1824) advertised himself as "harper to his late Majesty King George the Fourth, when Prince of Wales."

Chirk Castle, c. 1810, as it appeared in Edward Jones time.

Chirk Castle, Wrexham, north Wales, was built in 1295 by Roger Mortimer de Chirk as part of English King Edward I's chain of fortresses across the north of Wales. I guards the entrance to the Ceiriog Valley. It has been continuously occupied since then and is today owned by the National Trust and open to the public for much of the year.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Edward Jones (Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards), 1784; p. 126. Edward Jones (A choice collection of 51 Welsh airs), 1863; p. 26.






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