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LEWIS , DAVID ( 1828 - 1908 ), musician ;

b. 12 Nov. 1828 [at Hen Dŷ Mawr ], Llanrhystud, Cards. , the son of Lewis and Margaret Lewis . The father was a good vocalist and it was he, together with Thomas Jenkins , the teacher of John Roberts ( Ieuan Gwyllt , q.v.) , who gave the son his first lessons in music. When he was 15 he began to compose and to conduct singing classes . His first prize for a hymn-tune was won in a competition at which Edward Stephen ( Tanymarian , q.v.) was adjudicator . After that he won several prizes at eisteddfodau — e.g. three prizes at Llandudno 1864 , one at Aberystwyth 1865 , two at the Aberdare national eisteddfod 1868 , and two at Swansea 1868 . Many of his compositions were published in Y Cerddor Cymreig , Greal y Corau , Y Gerddorfa , and Cronicl y Cerddor . With Gwilym Gwent (q.v.) , he edited a collection of hymn-tunes , Llwybrau Moliant , for use in Baptist churches ; he also assisted in the preparation of Caniadau y Cysegr a'r Teulu ( Gee ) and with most hymn-tune collections published thereafter. He composed a large number of hymn-tunes , some of which were collected and edited by J. T. Rees . He served as music adjudicator throughout Wales . During his later years he devoted much of his time to research on the authorship of tunes and hymns . [For descriptions of his numerous manuscripts, together with those of his brother, John Lewis ( Eos Glan Wyre ), see N.L.W. Handlist of MSS. , xiii.] He d. 6 Oct. 1908 , and was buried in Llanrhystud churchyard.

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , 1902 and Nov. 1908 ;
  • [ NLW MSS 8177-8276].

Author:

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

Published date: 1959