Wales II. Traditional music 2. Calendar customs.: Ex.1 Mwynen Mai, (a) voice (GB-AB 1940); (b) instrument (GB-AB 171E) Listen, gentle family, give us permission to sing. The leaves on the trees are becoming green and are springing on every hill; this is the special time for glorious flowers, the birds kindly offer sweet music.
Wales II. Traditional music 3. Notated sources of the 18th century. (ii) Sacred song.: Ex.4 Ar Fore Dydd Nadolig, Christmas carol (Kinney and Evans, 1987) On Christmas morning the Virgin gave birth to a blessed Saviour; In the town of Bethlehem he was born and raised his cry for us. O Saviour born, for us day has dawned.
Wales II. Traditional music 7. Musical characteristics.: Ex.6 Y Fenyw Fain (Journal of the Welsh Folk Song Society, iv/4 (1954), 105) I travelled though London town, yes, And also great towns, yes, And also Spain and Scotland, yes, To search for a slender lass.
Wales II. Traditional music 7. Musical characteristics.: Ex.7 Pan O’wn y Gwanwyn (Williams, 1844) When I was on a hilltop in springtime watching the sheep with their lambs, I heard my sweetheart’s clear voice ringing merrily through the grove; the joyous dawn was on her cheeks, O how fair her face and form, and I gazed and delighted in the fine bearing of my beloved.
Wales II. Traditional music 8. Song forms and types.: Ex.8 (a) Triban Morgannwg, late 18th century (GB-AB 171E) I no longer care for going to Llanwynno, nor walking in the country: my sweetheart isn’t there. (b) Triban Morganwg (Williams, 1844) Three things lift my heart: to have enough money, to have a summer sky overhead, and to see fair Gwen. (c) Cân yr Hen Wyddeles (Journal of the Welsh Folk-Song Society, iv/2 (1951), p.60) When I was once a thoughtless lad, I set my sights on pretty girls to make my life happy.
Wales II. Traditional music 8. Song forms and types.: Ex.9 Cân Hela’r Dryw, Hunting the Wren (Kinney and Evans, 1984) Where are you going? say Dibin to Dobin; Where are you going? says Richard to Robin, Where are you going? says John; Where are you going? Says everyone.
Wales II. Traditional music 8. Song forms and types.: Ex.10 Ei di’r Deryn Du (Journal of the Welsh Folk-Song Society, iii/4 (1941), 215) Go blackbird, to my dearest love, O seek my fair one, for I’m so deep in love.
Wales II. Traditional music 8. Song forms and types.: Ex.11 Cân yr Ychen, oxen song (Red Dragon, 1882) O Mary, get up, it’s is a lovely morning, the little birds are singing and the cuckoo’s in the grove. Get along, get along, get along.