2.1 Traditional Harp Airs

Although most of the harp airs were not written to be sung to, many were used all the same for the rendering of Penillion songs (see 2.4) in the North Wales manner. The high­est form of the art of the old harpists consisted of composing and playing endless varia­tions on the airs. In this way the tunes have been overlaid and interwoven with grace notes and ornaments especially since the Welsh triple harp (see later reference), which offers many more possibilities for this, was invented.[1]

[1] cf. Williams, W.S.G., p. 56; penillion means - literally translated - 'verses'

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