Avanc at the National Library of Wales

An important aspect of traditional music is researching and discovering music that has been collected by musicologists of the past. The National Library of Wales holds an extensive collection of manuscripts containing such music, much of which has been digitised. Avanc – The Youth Folk Ensemble of Wales, have spent several sessions with Nia Mai Daniel Head of Manuscripts, Visual Images, Maps and Music Unit at NLW exploring their digital archives and many of the tunes found in this incredible resource have made their way into Avanc’s repertoire. We have collated the tunes that Avanc have found and present them here, each melody having been chosen by a member of the project. On this resource page you will find copies of the tunes in their original manuscripts as well as transcriptions and links to where you can view the digitised archives.

All images of original scores belong to the National Library of Wales and are awaiting permission to be reproduced.

For more music in the collections of the National Library, click here https://www.library.wales/collections/learn-more/archives/the-welsh-music-archive/welsh-traditional-music/

Tramp O Dre

Tramp O Dre was collected by Nicholas Bennett and published in his 1896 collection Alawon Fy Ngwlad (Melodies Of My Land).

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Malldod Dolgelleu

Malldod Dolgelleu is found in John Jenkins’s manuscript of 1825, Melus Seiniau Cymru (Sweet Sounds of Wales). Jenkins was known by his bardic name Ifor Ceri.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Dydd Llun Y Boreu

Dydd Llun Y Boreu is found in John Jenkins’s manuscript of 1825, Melus Seiniau Cymru (Sweet Sounds of Wales). Jenkins was known by his bardic name Ifor Ceri.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Eglwys Wen

Eglwys Wen is a hymn tune which appears in John Jenkins’s manuscript of 1825, Melus Seiniau Cymru (Sweet Sounds of Wales). Jenkins was known by his bardic name Ifor Ceri.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Craig Y Ddinas

Craig Y Ddinas is a song collected by Maria Jane Williams and published in her 1844 collection Ancient National Airs of Gwent and Morgannwg.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Blodeu Gwynedd

Blodeu Gwynedd was published by Edward Jones, Bardd Y Brenin, in his 1802 collection of melodies for the harp, The Bardic Museum.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Y Galon Cawen

Y Galon Cawen is found in John Jenkins’s manuscript of 1825, Melus Seiniau Cymru (Sweet Sounds of Wales). Jenkins was known by his bardic name Ifor Ceri.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Torried Y Dydd

Torried Y Dydd is found in John Parry’s (Parri Ddall, Rhiwabon) manuscript of 1741, British Harmony.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Caer Y Waen

Caer Y Waen is found in John Parry’s (Parri Ddall, Rhiwabon) manuscript of 1741, British Harmony.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Y Llygad Glas

Y Llygad Glas was published in the second volume of The Welsh Harper, by John Parry (Bardd Alaw), in 1848.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Ystrad Fflur

Ystrad Fflur is a hymn tune which appears in John Jenkins’s manuscript of 1825, Melus Seiniau Cymru (Sweet Sounds of Wales). Jenkins was known by his bardic name Ifor Ceri.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.

Morfa Rhuddlan

Morfa Rhuddlan is found in John Parry (Parri Ddall, Rhiwabon) and Evan Williams’ published collection of tunes of 1742, British Harmony.

The entire digitised collection is available on the National Library of Wales’ website here.

Download a PDF transcription of the tune here.