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Name of creator
William Owen, Prysgol (1813-1893) was a composer of anthems and hymn tunes, including the well-known hymn-tune 'Bryn Calfaria'. He was born in Bangor, Caernarfonshire, and began writing music at the age of eighteen. He later moved to Prysgol, Llanrug, Caernarfonshire. He composed several temperance pieces, and his anthem 'Ffynnon Ddisglair' and hymn-tunes 'Alma' and 'Deemster' were among his most popular works.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Donated by Mr Owen H. Jones, Rhostryfan, 1962. Donated by Mr Dewi Lloyd Jones, Liverpool, 1973.
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Scope and content
Holograph manuscript of the hymn-tune 'Bryn Calfaria' by William Owen, 1850; four manuscript tune-books and loose manuscript music mostly in the hand of William Owen, including many of his own compositions, (watermark 1825)-[c. 1854]; together with some printed music relating to the composer and photographs relating to the memorial to him erected at Cae Athro in 1913.
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Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..
Accruals are not expected.
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Arranged as NLW MSS 12052C, 21547-21551.
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A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.
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- Owen, William, 1813-1893 -- Archives. (Subject)
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Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH
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Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW Project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW Schedule William Owen, Prysgol; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959);