WILLIAMS, THOMAS (Hafrenydd; 1807 - 1894), musician

Name: Thomas Williams
Pseudonym: Hafrenydd
Date of birth: 1807
Date of death: 1894
Gender: Male
Occupation: musician
Area of activity: Music
Author: Robert David Griffith

Born 7 December 1807 at Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire. He began to study music when he was 10, and received lessons from William Owen (1788 - 1838). His chief contribution to Welsh music was his publication (1846) called Y Salmydd Cenedlaethol, containing psalm-tunes, hymn-tunes, and sacred choral pieces selected from the works of Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Kent, Farrant, etc.; this was the first work containing examples of sacred pieces from the works of the masters that the Welsh people were given. The work also contains the hymn-tune ' Llandinam,' arranged by Hafrenydd (but entitled ' Erpingham ' in this collection). The last forty pages of the work consist of instruction in the Wilhelm system of learning to sing. In 1852 Hafrenydd published Ceinion Cerddoriaeth, a selection of 220 hymn-tunes, seventy anthems, and choruses from the works of the masters; at the end of the work is a musical dictionary which was afterwards issued separately and proved of great help to Welsh musicians in regard to Italian musical terms, etc. He also published Hymnau Nadolig, Y Rheol Gristnogol am Briodas, Y Gwirionedd a Chyfeiliornad. He received a grant from the Civil List in recognition of his service to music and to literature. He died 16 December 1894, and was buried in Llanidloes churchyard.


Published date: 1959

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