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DAVIES , THOMAS ( Trithyd ; 1810? - 1873? ) ;

b. in Carmarthenshire about 1810 . As a young man he started farming in the neighbourhood of Llantrithyd, Glam. , where he remained for many years. There he took up the study of music, and, having become a competent musician , rendered great service to the neighbouring districts by going round teaching singing . About 1853 he moved to Cwmavon, Glam. , where he continued his musical activities. He composed a number of hymn-tunes which are to be found in Caniadau Seion ( Mills ) and Telyn Seion ( R. Beynon ). In April 1854 he published Y Blwch Cerddorol , which comprised eighty-nine hymn-tunes, sixteen anthems, ninety temperance pieces, six hymn-tunes for family worship, and one duet — all being the work of Welsh composers . This book contained an introductory essay on ‘ The Nature, Essence, and Aims of Music .’ The only one of the tunes in this collection which is still in use is ‘ Dyffryn Bacca ,’ composed by David Richards of Pontardawe, Glam. [of whom nothing seems to be known except that he emigrated to the U.S.A. soon after 1854 ]. Towards the end of his life he opened a shop at Cwmavon . He d. in great poverty at Aberavon about 1873 .

Sources:

  • Y Diwygiwr , 1854 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 ;
  • 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