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WILLIAMS , ROBERT HERBERT ( Corfanydd ; ( 1805 - 1876 ), musician ;

b. in the parish of Bangor, Caerns. The parents moved to Liverpool when the son was quite young. Brought up as a clothier , he established a business in Basnett Street , Williamson Square . When he was only 17 he composed a hymn-tune ‘ Deisyfiad ,’ known later as ‘ Dymuniad .’ This appeared first in Y Drysorfa , Jan. 1835 ; it was published later in Casgliad o Donau ( J. Ambrose Lloyd ), 1843 . Some doubts were expressed as to who had composed this tune but John Roberts ( Ieuan Gwyllt ) , J. Ambrose Lloyd , William Ambrose ( Emrys ) , and William Evans (under whose conductorship it had been sung first, at Tabernacle chapel , Liverpool ) testified that it was the work of Corfanydd . He wrote other hymn-tunes and published a small collection in 1848 under the title of Alawydd Trefriw . For some years he lived at Drogheda , Ireland . He returned to Liverpool for a while and then, owing to ill-health, went to live in a house called Corfandy , Menai Bridge , where he d. 20 Nov. 1876 ; he was buried in Llantysilio churchyard.

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor Cymreig , 1861-1873 , 1866 and 1868 ;
  • Y Cerddor , May 1893 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959