Welsh Traditional Music Book Launch

19 May 2011

Phyllis Kinney launched her highly anticipated book,  Welsh Traditional Music  (University of Wales Press) at Y Drwm, Aberystwyth, on Thursday 19 May.

This beautiful new book examines the emergence and practices of Welsh traditional music. The volume is handsomely illustrated and contains musical examples and previously unpublished imagery.

The first chapters examine music in Welsh life from the end of the Roman occupation to medieval times, connecting in particular with the function of poets during the Heroic age and in later courts of the Welsh princes. The author goes on to discuss the decline of the traditional bardic system and corresponding rise in Anglicisation of the gentry in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the impact this had on Welsh folk dance and music. Tune names and transferral of scores to manuscript, seasonal festivities, the early collectors of music and instrument traditions are discussed at length in the second half of the book.

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