Pum Alaw Werin - David Sumbler

for flute and harp - published by Aeolia

Pum Alaw Werin is a setting of five traditional Welsh songs.

The first, Y Fam a'i Baban describes a mother singing to her baby. If the baby lives long, life's troubles will be encountered, but angels will watch over him. If the baby dies young, then the mother will weep; the child, though, will have a golden crown and a harp in heaven.

Clychau Aberdyfi (The Bells of Aberdovey) is a happy song of love, and mimics the joyful sound of the bells of Aberdovey church.

Suo-gān (literally Humming Song) is a lullaby. It is played very slowly and reflectively by the harp alone.

Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn, despite its title (Watching the Wheat), in fact describes the heartbreak of an unfulfilled love. Tradition has it that Wil Hopcyn, the 18th century bard who wrote the words of the song, was in love with the heiress Ann Thomas. She, however, married another man. "While I watch the wheat, another reaps the harvest" laments the poet.

The final tune, Wrth fynd hefo Deio i Dywyn (Going with Deio to Towyn), is a comic song describing an enjoyable but rather expensive trip to Towyn.

The published copy is supplied with separate parts for flute and harp. The harp part includes markings for suggested pedalling and fingering.

Please note that although the image below shows the actual layout of a page of the Aeolia edition, it does not reflect the quality of the printed version. This is because the image on your computer screen reproduces the original at only 72 pixels (dots) per inch, with the result that slurs are jagged, stave lines are not equally spaced, and the appearance is generally crude. The actual printed version is produced using laser printers at over 34 million dots per page, resulting in complete smoothness and evenness in the quality of the print.

Pum Alaw Werin - sample