David John de Lloyd

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Dr David John de Lloyd (30 April 1883 – 20 August 1948) was a Welsh musician and composer.

Born in Skewen, de Lloyd was the son of an insurance agent and the family moved with the latter's employment until they settled in Penparcau, Aberystwyth. As a boy, he met John Spencer Curwen, son of the inventor of the tonic sol-fa, and assisted Curwen in several demonstrations.[1] David attended the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.[2] In 1905, he became the college's first B.Mus. graduate. He obtained a grant to study in Leipzig and obtained a doctorate in music from the University of Dublin. In 1926, he replaced Sir Walford Davies as Professor of Music at University of Wales, Aberystwyth. De Lloyd became closely involved with the Eisteddfod movement, and was a collector and arranger of Welsh folk music. His arrangements were published as Forty Welsh Traditional Tunes in 1929.


  • Gwlad fy Nhadau (cantata) (1914)
  • Gwenllian (opera) (1925)
  • Tir na n'Og (opera) (1932)
  • Saith o Ganeuon enwog Brahms


  1. ^ "David De Lloyd Papers". Aberystwyth University - Archives Catalogue. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Selwyn Jones. "DE LLOYD, DAVID JOHN". National Library of Wales. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 

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