2.2 Ballad and Carol Tunes

Ballads, carols and other free meters of Welsh poetry came to Wales from England in the 16th and 17th centuries. As there were no old tunes to which they could be sung, the tunes had to be borrowed, too. Of course there was soon little left of the English original version. First the texts, then also the tunes were changed by the Welsh.[1]

The music was in this case clearly less important than the poetic form.[2]  

[1] cf. Williams, W.S.G., p. 60/61
cf. Williams, W.S.G., p. 61

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