Do you want to learn to sing or pronounce the Welsh National Anthem?
You may even want to learn a harmony part: alto, tenor or bass. This brand new app from the National Library of Wales and etoapps will help you. Gwlad Gwlad will also give you an insight into the history of this wonderful song.
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Welsh words of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau.
Learn to sing the melody by selecting Female Melody or Male Melody.
Individual harmony parts can also be chosen and learnt: Alto, Tenor or Bass.
It can be practised from slow speeds to the speed at which it is popularly sung.
Practise in phrases or sentences. Start and stop points can be easily chosen and these sections can be repeated at the various speed until mastered.
Whilst learning your individual part you will have an instrumental accompaniment, your own part sung for you and eventually the other three parts for you to experience singing with others in harmony.
Follow the music notation and words for each part which are shown on the screen with a real time Beat Counter appearing above the music. This will keep you in time as would a conductor. The words are also highlighted in their appropriate place.
You don’t have to be able to read music to learn but you will have a better understanding of the music notation after singing with Gwlad Gwlad.
Gwlad Gwlad also gives the history of the music, lyrics and composers, illustrating the wealth of the National Library of Wales’s collections.
Gwlad Gwlad will enable people of all ages and background in Wales and throughout the world to sing the Welsh national anthem.
We are smallish very patriotic country. We all sing an anthem in the Welsh Language. Most who sing it don’t understand the words or even pronounce them correctly…….. BUT no matter! Whatever the faults of performance it makes us all almost burst with a healthy pride.
No mention of loyalty to a leader or indeed religion….which lessens the problems of the rebellious nature of some…:)
It’s a pride in our Welsh heritage and culture that we celebrate.
Few emotions compare with the sense of national pride felt when blasting out the words Gwlad! Gwlad (my) Country, (my) Country with thousands of compatriots at an international rugby match. It is the point at which the anthem reaches its stirring climax with a declaration of loyalty toward land and country and of the desire to see the ancient Welsh language endure.
‘Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (Land of my Fathers) was composed at a time (1856) when nations throughout Europe were rediscovering traditions which gave expression to their national identities.
However a romantic anecdotal reason for the words is that they were written in response to the author’s brother trying to persuade the family to emigrate to America. The words could have been a poem reminding the family of reasons to stay in Wales.
Usually only one verse and the chorus are sung. However, apart from the rousing celebration of Wales’ ancestry, poetic and musical talent of this first verse a second describes the country’s natural beauty . The final and third verse speaks of the nations survival.
If you want to learn even more of the Anthems history, perhaps help with the pronunciation and understanding of the Welsh words …or even want to have a go at a harmony part…alto, tenor or bass our App Gwlad Gwlad will help.
……and links to various formats in the App Store, Google Play and our web site.
now also available for iPhone as well as tablet.