Hyfrydol

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Hyfrydol (Welsh pronunciation: [həvˈrədɔl], meaning "cheerful") is a Welsh hymn tune which appears in a number of Christian hymnals in various arrangements. Composed by Rowland Prichard, it was originally published in the composer's handbook to the children's songbook Cyfaill y Cantorion ("The Singers' Friend"). Prichard composed the tune before he was twenty years old.[1]

External audio
Recording of Hyfrydol from Hymnary.org

Metre and arrangement[edit]

Hyfrydol has a metre of 8.7.8.7.D (alternating lines of eight and seven syllables, other examples of which include Blaenwern and Abbots Leigh).

The best-known arrangement is probably that by Ralph Vaughan Williams, which he originally produced for his revision of the English Hymnal; Vaughan Williams also composed some variations on this theme.

In addition to its use as a hymn tune, Hyfrydol has been arranged for brass bands and other instrumental groups.

Settings[edit]

A flexible tune with chord progressions, Hyfrydol has been used as a setting for William Chatterton Dix's hymn "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!", Charles Wesley's "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" and "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus", Francis Harold Rowley's "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story" (1886), John Wilbur Chapman's "Our Great Savior" ("Jesus, what a friend for sinners") (1910) and Philip Bliss's "I Will Sing of My Redeemer" (1876), as well as many other hymns from a variety of church traditions. The tune's persistence over time, as well as its ability to penetrate cultural barriers, indicates its notability.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Harvard University Hymn Book. Harvard University Press. 1974. ISBN 978-0-674-38000-4. 

Online hymns set to the tune[edit]