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DAVIES , DAVID ( 1810 - 1875 ), musician ;

he lived at Ty'n-y-fawnog , Llanfair-caereinion, Mont. , but was tenant of land belonging to a small farm called Cyddoleu . As there was only a small meadow between this place and the river Rhiw , it was also known as Glan-yr-afon . It was here, in a cowshed, that he composed the popular hymn-tune ‘ Glan'rafon ,’ which is still constantly sung by Welsh congregations. The air was first published in Llyfr Emynau a Thonau ( Stephen and Jones ), 1868 .

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , May 1906 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959