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date: 22 August 2019

Elwyn-Edwards [née Roberts], Dilyslocked

  • A.J. Heward Rees

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(b Dolgellau, Aug 19, 1918; d January 13, 2012). Welsh composer. After graduating with the BMus from University College, Cardiff, she studied composition with Herbert Howells at the RCM. She taught at various schools and later became a piano tutor at the Normal College and the University College of North Wales, both in Bangor. Elwyn-Edwards devoted herself to small-scale vocal music: she produced part-songs and anthems, including settings of Psalms xxiii, c and cxxi (1985), and a substantial quantity of songs and song cycles for voice and piano to both English and Welsh texts. These settings, which include the cycles In Faëry (1959), Caneuon y Tri Aderyn (‘Songs of the Three Birds’, 1962) and Hwiangerddi (‘Lullabies’, 1986), are well crafted, sensitive to the poetry and idiomatic, lying firmly within the British 20th-century art-song tradition.

D. Elwyn-Edwards and P. Kinney: ‘Songwriter to Singer’, ...

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