Cwm Rhondda

Cwm Rhondda

Rhondda based organist John Hughes wrote a first version of this tune, called simply Rhondda, for the Pontypridd Eisteddfod of 1904.
He then developed it into its present form for the inauguration of the church organ at Capel Rhondda, Hopkinstown in 1907 where he played his tune on the new organ.
It is commonly used for the words of Welsh hymn writer William Williams Pantycelyn 'Guide me O thou great Redeemer' though more commonly in Wales used for words by Ann Griffiths 'Wele'n sefyll rhwng y myrtwydd'.
There are already many fully harmonised versions of this great tune around, so I've aimed for quite a simple and understated second part which implies the harmony throughout without becoming too romantic or elaborate.

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