National Library of Wales

William George (Composer) Manuscripts and Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WILRGE

Held at: NLW

Title: William George (Composer) Manuscripts and Papers

Short title: George, William, (composer), manuscripts and papers

Dates of creation: 1865-1920

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.072 cubic metres (8 boxes)

Name of creator(s): William George


Administrative and biographical history: The composer William George (d.1920), from Ystalyfera, Glamorgan wrote anthems, cantatas, choruses, marching songs, part-songs, hymns, duets, musical drama and arrangements. He also wrote three operas: Y Ferch o Gefn Ydfa; Bugail Craig y Fforest, and Y Gobaith Lofruddiwyd or Gwenhwyfar. Many of his hymns are still sung today in the Presbyterian Church of Wales, the Independent Church and the Baptist Church in Wales. They are included in the hymn book, Caneuon Fydd.


Scope and content: Music manuscripts and personal papers of the composer William George, 1865-1920, including anthems, [1900]-1920; hymns, 1894-1920; part-songs, [1901]-1908; marching songs, 1901-1913; secular music, 1910-1917; duets, 1913-1919.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: opera; sacred music; secular music; music by other composers; personal papers.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by his grandson, Rev. H. T. Samuel, Rhaeadr, 1972. Other manuscripts purchased between 1986 and 1967.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, William George (Composer) Manuscripts and Papers, 1975, 1986.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: February 2003



Anthems | Wales | 20th century | Scores

Cantatas | Wales | 20th century | Scores

Choral music | Wales | 20th century | Scores

Composers | Wales | 20th century

Composers | Wales | Archives

George, William, | of Bootle | Archives

Hymns | Wales | 20th century | Scores

Marching songs | Wales | 20th century | Scores

Music | Wales | 20th century

Operas | Wales | 20th century | Scores

Part songs | Wales | 20th century | Scores

Sacred music | Wales | 20th century | Scores

Personal names

George, William, 1865-1920

Corporate names