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National Library of Wales
George, William, (composer), manuscripts and papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WILRGE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: William George (Composer) Manuscripts and Papers

Short Title: George, William, (composer), manuscripts and papers

Creation date(s): 1865-1920

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.072 cubic metres (8 boxes)

Name of creator(s): William George


Administrative/Biographical history: The composer William George (d.1920), from Ystalyfera, Glamorgan wrote anthems, cantatas, choruses, marching songs, part-songs, hymns, duets, musical drama and arrangements. He also wrote three operas: Y Ferch o Gefn Ydfa; Bugail Craig y Fforest, and Y Gobaith Lofruddiwyd or Gwenhwyfar. Many of his hymns are still sung today in the Presbyterian Church of Wales, the Independent Church and the Baptist Church in Wales. They are included in the hymn book, Caneuon Fydd.


Scope and content/abstract: Music manuscripts and personal papers of the composer William George, 1865-1920, including anthems, [1900]-1920; hymns, 1894-1920; part-songs, [1901]-1908; marching songs, 1901-1913; secular music, 1910-1917; duets, 1913-1919.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: opera; sacred music; secular music; music by other composers; personal papers.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by his grandson, Rev. H. T. Samuel, Rhaeadr, 1972. Other manuscripts purchased between 1986 and 1967.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, William George (Composer) Manuscripts and Papers, 1975, 1986.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Anthems | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Cantatas | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Choral music | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Composers | Wales | 20th century
Composers | Wales | Archives
George, William, | of Bootle | Archives
Hymns | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Marching songs | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Music | Wales | 20th century
Operas | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Part songs | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Sacred music | Wales | 20th century | Scores

Personal names
George , William , 1865-1920

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