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DAVIES , MOSES ( 1799 - 1866 ), musician .

Born in 1799 at Devynnock , Brecknock ; his parents removed to Merthyr Tydfil in 1803 . Possessing a good voice, he studied music, acquired by his own efforts considerable mastery, and held classes in music . As precentor ( 1827 ) of the C.M. chapel at Pontmorlais , he was one of the pioneers of congregational music in the Merthyr district. He was the first to substitute women for men in the singing of treble parts — an innovation which provoked such opposition that he resigned his precentorship, but was induced to resume it in 1834 , greatly to the benefit of the congregation; apart from an absence of six years ( 1842-8 ) in London , he remained in office thenceforth. He composed some twenty-four hymn-tunes, which can be seen in Telyn Seion ( R. Beynon ), Caniadau Seion ( R. Mills ), and Haleliwia ( Griffith Harries ). He d. 6 Jan. 1866 , and was buried at Cefn-coed-cymer . He was the father of William Davies , ‘ Mynorydd ’ .

Sources:

  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 ;
  • Y Traethodydd , 1877 ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 , National Eisteddfod Association, 1908 ;
  • Y Cerddor , May 1893 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959