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David Emlyn Evans

David Emlyn Evans
Short Name: David Emlyn Evans
Full Name: Evans, D. Emlyn (David Emlyn), 1843-1913
Birth Year: 1843
Death Year: 1913

Born: September 21, 1843, Penralltwen, near Castellnewydd Emlyn (Castle Emlyn), Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Died: January 19, 1913, Cemmaes, Montgomeryshire.
Buried: Llandyfriog (near Newcastle Emlyn), Wales.

Evans was a composer, adjudicator, conductor, editor, critic, music historian and entrepreneur. Frequently irascible, especially in his last years which he spent in severe and immobilizing pain, he was one of the foremost figures in Welsh musical life in the period leading up to World War I.

He was self taught, via the most popular of all Welsh music publications, John Mills’ Gramadeg Cerddoriaeth, and the two parts of Thomas Williams’ Ceinion Cerddoriaeth (Musical Gems, 1852) with its 200 hymn tunes and seventy anthems and choruses. Later, formal lessons by a music teacher, Mr. Hughes of Llechryd, a few miles from his home, gave him a firmer grounding in the old notation used until 1858. The same year, in Bridgend, he sang his first song in public, conducted his first choir and won his first prize for composition. In 1863 he moved to Cheltenham, where he worked as a shop assistant and received further lessons in piano and organ. He became a commercial traveler in 1871, and traveled in this capacity for the next 20 years the length and breadth of Wales, making contacts and observing the growth of music throughout Wales. It was probably during his overnight stays in hotels that most of his musical compositions were created at the end of his working day. Throughout this period, 66 of his pieces won prizes in competitions in Wales, England and America. Evans’s works include:

Y Caniedydd Cynulleidfaol, 1895 (editor)

Tunes by David Emlyn Evans (13)sort descendingAsInstancesIncipit
ABERGYNOLWYND. Emlyn Evans (Composer)254316 54576 54532
ADGYFODIADD. Emlyn Evans (Composer)213515 63453 2
CAERSALEMD. Emlyn Evans (Arranger)115131 35432 13214
CEFNYBEDDD. Emlyn Evans (Composer)311234 56555 44
CWMDUDavid Emlyn Evans (1843-1913) (Composer)355551 33223 17165
DIM OND IESU (Evans)D. Emlyn Evans. (1843-1913) (Composer)415531 32171 23
EIRINWGD. Emlyn Evans. 1843-1913 (Composer)1053211 71233 543
GLANCERID. Emlyn Evans (Composer)453217 76556 71234
MADRID (Spanish)David Enlyn Evans (Arranger)217161 53142 17117
NEUADD-LWYDD. Emlyn Evans (Composer)355117 76653 32255
[Nid oes neb rhy fach i'th garu]D. Emlyn Evans (Composer)234512 44332 123
TREWENDavid Emlyn Evans (Composer)1713217 12123 23434
Y DELYN AURD. Emlyn Evans (Trefniad)212345 54345 55
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