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BEYNON , ROSSER ( Asaph Glan Tâf ; 1811 - 1876 ), musician .

Born at Glyn Eithinog in the Vale of Neath, Glam. , son of John and Elizabeth Beynon . The family moved in 1815 to Merthyr Tydfil where the son went to a school kept by George Williams , but only for a short period, as he started work when he was 8 years of age in an iron-works where, later, he was to become an important official .

He showed an interest in music at an early age and in 1835 became precentor in Soar Congregational chapel . He started a music class where the rudiments of music were studied and pieces of music were learnt. In 1836 he contributed an article on music to Y Diwygiwr , this being the first of many articles which he wrote; he also became hymn-tune editor of that journal. In 1845 appeared part one of Telyn Seion , a collection of hymn-tunes and anthems; the parts were published in volume form in 1848 . Twenty hymn-tunes by Beynon himself appeared in this collection, together with ‘ Eifionydd ’ and ‘ Groeswen ,’ by J. Ambrose Lloyd , this being the first published appearance of these two hymn-tunes. It was in this book, incidentally, that the ‘metronome’ symbols first appeared in a Welsh music publication.

Beynon was a competent and acceptable adjudicator and served as such in eisteddfodau in various parts of Wales . He d. 3 Jan. 1876 and was buried in Cefn cemetery , Merthyr Tydfil .

Sources:

  • Y Diwygiwr , 1850 ;
  • Y Cerddor , Oct. 1891 ;
  • Y Geninen , 1887 , 63;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 , National Eisteddfod Association, 1908 .

Author:

Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 1959