Penillion and Solfege
two forms of music and notation which are used very rarely in America,
I have been transcribing from original manuscripts.
a form of Welsh poetry employed by bards in Wales. It has been
since the 18th century.
A harpist, playing
and singing at the same time is traditional, but two musicians
can be employed,
singing the two parts.
are the melodies but even the meter or rhythm
can be different between
the vocalist and
It is quite
usual for the vocalist to sing in triple meter
(for example, 3/4 time) while the harper plays a tune in duple meter
example, 2/4 or 4/4 time).
follows the harper, who may change the tune, or perform variations,
singer must keep time, and end precisely with the
The singer takes the strain up at
the second, third or fourth measure.
The most popular tunes for this art in the last 200 years have been the
traditional Welsh harp airs.
is an original piece of Penillion music and transcription for harp