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In 1860 John Owen published Gems of Welsh Melodies , a collection which proved very useful, and was widely used. He won the prize at a Caernarfon eisteddfod for his cantata, ‘ Tywysog Cymru ,’ whilst for the Chester national eisteddfod of 1866 he composed ‘Gŵyl Gwalia .’ He published Tonau yr Ysgol Sabothol; Welsh Harp , airs arranged for four voices; Ceinion Alawon Seisnig . His greatest work, the oratorio ‘ Jeremiah ,’ was published in 1878 . Among his most popular anthems were ‘ Pa fodd y glanha ’ and ‘ Gwyn fyd a ystyria wrth y tlawd .’ Anthems, part-songs, and songs, by him appeared in the series called Y Gyfres Gerddorol (of which he was editor ), and in Y Drysorfa Gorawl , Ceinion Cerddoriaeth , Miwsig y Miloedd , y Cerddor Cymreig , Greal y Corau , Y Cerddor , and Cronicl y Cerddor . He was much in demand throughout Wales as accompanist and adjudicator . He d. 29 Jan. 1883 , and was buried in the old cemetery, Chester .
Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn
Published date: 1959