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1857 - 1934
A Memorial Plaque to
Sir Edward Elgar located in the Village Gardens near to the Gerwn Waterfall.
It is known that Sir Edward visited Llangrannog in 1901, and
allegedly after listening to a Choir on the Beach, gave him inspiration to
write some of his music.
Below is an extract from a book written about
Elgar, by an unknown author
(In August 1901 the head
of the school where Elgar taught violin in Malvern,
a Miss Rosa Burley, took a house in Llangrannog and invited Elgar to
and stay with her. Elgar had been rather depressed and so accepted the
It was impossible for Elgar to stay in the same house as Miss Burley as
was accompanied by various members of her family so she arranged for him
stay in a neighbouring cottage and have his meals with her.
Quote "The house stood on the edge of the shore, next door to the inn,
was probably the 'Pentre Arms'. The pub is still there and used to have
house next door which was rented for summer visitors. The house itself
now part of the pub." Unquote.
Elgar was really delighted with the place enjoying the sea, the scenery
Quote "One day whilst out walking on the sea shore, the sound of distant
singing reached him from a group of people on a hillside across the bay.
melodic line could be identified at that distance, but there was a
drop of a third which Elgar thought typical of Welsh music.
This idea was to remain with him and he appeared to have a Welsh
mind, indicated by the suggested scoring of the 'Welsh' melody in his
book, which is also inscribed 'Ynis Llochtryn' (sic). Later, however
idea was to be used as the second subject in his 'Introduction and
for String Orchestra.' The first performance of this piece was given at
Queen's Hall on March 8 1905. Elgar wrote the performance notes himself
' Some three years ago in Cardiganshire, I thought of writing a
piece for string orchestra. On the cliff between blue sea and blue sky,
thinking out my theme, there came up to me the sound of singing. The
were too far away to reach me distinctly, but one point common to all
impressed upon me, and led me to think, perhaps wrongly, that it was a
Welsh idiom - I mean the fall of a third. ')
With acknowledgment to
Wendy Jenkins for sending us this information
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Tuesday January 29, 2019