John Spencer Curwen in Cwmafan, Wales - the 1880's

from A Welsh Psalmody Festival, pages 20-22:

While other singing makes its appeal to the taste, this Welsh singing makes straight for the heart, and plays upon the spirit like the sound of storm or cataract. It calls up the class of emotions which we associate with the word ‘grand’…. This Welsh singing was in parts, and the exceptional power of the bass voices gave a richness to the harmony which nothing else can give. Our English choirs, both in church and out, are generally deficient in basses, and their singing sound in consequence thin and unsubstantial. These Welsh basses have voices that …   more >>

cite as

Curwen, J. Spencer (John Spencer), A Welsh Psalmody Festival. In Studies in Worship Music (second series) (London, 1885), p. 20-22. accessed: 13 July, 2024

location of experience: Cwmafan, Wales


John Spencer Curwen
Music publisher

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Welsh hymns

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1880's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:51:20 +0100
Approved on Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:51:34 +0100