Free Tab for February 2018 - "Myfanwy"

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Free Tab for February 2018 - "Myfanwy"

Postby Tull » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:23 pm

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that the tab for February has been posted on my website, Eagle Creek Music. This month's tab is an arrangement of the famous Welsh song "Myfanwy", which translates roughly as "My Beloved". It was composed in 1875 by Joseph Parry, arguably Wales' greatest composer. Born in 1854, Parry excelled at performing and composing music from an early age. But the family of seven children was often in dire straits, forcing Joseph to leave school at the age of nine to start working in the mines, and eventually a steel plant. But even during this period, he continued to play and compose music in the evenings, and at any spare moment he could find.

At the age of 13, Parry's father decided to move the family to America for a chance at a better life. They settled in a Welsh community in Pennsylvania, where Joseph and most of his siblings once again found work in an iron foundry. But he soon gained a reputation in the local American-Welsh circles as a gifted musician, performing regularly at various musical gatherings. His fame grew steadily, and he won a number of musical competitions, both in America and in England. The local Welsh community organized a fund-raising effort to provide him a scholarship to go to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. From that point on, music became almost the only thing that mattered in his life. He continued to win major prizes in various music competitions throughout Europe, and in 1873, became Professor of Music at the University College at Aberystwyth.

He wrote a number of successful operas during his lifetime that were performed regularly throughout Europe. Today, his best known works include the hymn tune Aberystwyth, and the haunting melody Myfanwy. Both these works have become staple elements in the repertoire of all Welsh male voice choirs, which are a significant part of Welsh national identity.

The lyrics to Myfanwy were written by Richard Davies, and are based on the legendary sad tale of unrequited love of Myfanwy of Dinas Bran. According to some accounts, there was a real Myfanwy in Parry's life, a Welsh singer by the name of Myfanwy Llwyellyn, who also had moved to America. But when they met some 30 years later, Myfanwy snubbed the Welsh composer, and he wrote his famous tune, full of pathos and yearning, as a result.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of this song being performed by a Welsh male voice choir.

This is a 2-part arrangement, melody and harmony, so find a playing partner, enjoy!

In music and friendship,


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