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Thread #114217   Message #2436000
Posted By: sian, west wales
10-Sep-08 - 06:15 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Myfanwy (Welsh song by Joseph Parry)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Myfanwy
I hadn't heard that tale, Nigel.

Joseph Parry, of course, composed the most well-known tune of that name and some say it was for a childhood sweetheart, but others say it was about a 14th century love story regarding Myfanwy Fychan of Llangollen and a poet called ... Hywel, I think. (The two aren't mutually exclusive, I would think.) Mynyddog (Richard Davies) wrote the words, and there's another translation, by Cuhelyn, that goes:

"Why shoots wrath's lightning - Arabella
From those jet-eyes? What clouds thy brow?"

Anyway, it's one of those songs that I might like if it weren't so completely overdone by male voice choirs. I suppose my real problem is that I've heard any number of choirs sing it and they all do it EXACTLY the same way. Where's the creativity in that???

Also, I remember being in a really crackin' good singing session in a university bar out-of-term time once with a bunch of drunk english geographers (quite 'senior' staff) yelling at us, "Sing Myfanwy". Which, of course, we didn't.

Maybe if it had the chance to 'rest up' for a few years I could hear it 'fresh' again ...

sian