Anglesey Seascapes, 1st Movement

Gareth Glyn



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Gareth Glyn lives on the island of Anglesey, where the encircling sea has always been indivisible from the mythology, history and everyday life and work of its people. This cycle of short miniatures, in a light music vein, seeks to represent various aspects of the sea as seen from five vantagepoints around the coast of Anglesey. The whole work is bound together by recurring musical motifs which change their character according to the prevailing mood.

1. Llanddwyn (Reverie): Island of the Welsh patron saint of lovers, Dwynwen, whose marriage to Maelon was never to be, and who dedicated her life to God.

2. Malltraeth (Pastorale): A brisk walk along Cob Malltraeth, a high dyke built to keep out the sea.

3. Penmon (Intermezzo): From a vantage point by the sacred priory of St Seiriol, old sailing ships and modern yachts can be seen scudding by in Regatta week.

4. Cemaes (Scherzo): The bustle of children’s play and donkey-rides on the beach in midsummer.

5. Moelfre (Elegy): In remembrance of innumerable souls lost in shipwrecks off this coast, including the Royal Charter with its loss of 452 lives.

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