Edward Jones , born in March 1752 in Llandderfel in Gwynned and died on April 18, 1824, is a Welsh musician . Jones is known as both harpist , bard , composer, arranger, but also the collector and publisher of traditional tunes 1 . He is the official harpist of the Prince of Wales , and he adopts the name of bard Bardd y Brenin when it reaches the royal throne in 1820 under the name of George IV .

Jones arrived in London in 1775, and found the support of Welsh figures as well as Charles Burney . He became a harp teacher with many well-to-do families. He was appointed official harpist of the Prince of Wales around 1790, and took up residence in St. James’ Palace in 1805.

Jones leaves an important work for the history of music, in particular the publication of three volumes of Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards 2 that bring together traditional melodies and texts of Welsh culture 3 .

He also publishes nearly twenty volumes of songs arranged for harp, harpsichord and piano , many of which are of his own composition. He is also the first to have published a collection of penillion (traditional Welsh song) 4 .

Notes and references

  1. ↑ ( in ) Joan Rimmer, “Edward Jones’s Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards, 1784: A Re-Assessment”  [ archive ] , The Galpin Society Journal , Vol. 39 (September 1986), pp. 77-96.
  2. ↑ Successively The Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards (1784); The Bardic Museum (1802); Hen Ganiadau Cymru (1820).
  3. ↑ ( in ) Edward Jones, Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards: preserved by tradition, and authentic manuscripts, from very remote antiquity; never before published.  [ archive ]London, 1784.
  4. ↑ ( en ) ” Catalog of Edward Jones published works listed in the Welsh National Archives.  »  [ Archive ]