Date: June 2015

This month two substantial classical works are published: Brahms’ Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Emyn o Fawl (Hymn of Praise). Both these works have been in the Gwynn catalogue since 1946, but in a sol-fa version only. Those versions are still in print, but now the complete versions are also available in old notation (with piano accompaniment), Welsh words by Enid Parry. The music has been edited by Mared Emlyn.

Desptie the occasional plea from the heart for the restoration of sol-fa in the musical curriculum, unfortunately music publishing companies have to face reality and accept that those singers that always prefer sol-fa to the old notation are becoming few and far between. Amongst the younger generation they are non-existent - sol-fa is as dead as Latin!

Brahms composed his Requiem between 1865 and 1868, and this is his longest composition, with seven movements. It includes soprano and baritone solos, and of course, an SATB chorus. Any individual part of the Requiem may be ordered separately.

Mendelssohn composed his Hymn of Praise / Emyn o Fawl in 1840. It requires two soprano soloists and one tenor soloist with the SATB chorus. Any individual part of the work may be ordered separately.

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