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The Welshman part 02

The Welshman part 02

Composer: Owen, Tom

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1900

Shelfmark: H.1634.l.(21.)

Item number: Tract (21.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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Industrialisation had a profound affect on the Welsh culture, and the caricatured 'Welshman' features in this song. Popular songs depended upon two tactics to present their subjects either they romanticised and idealised people and places talking of beautiful mountains and lakes or they satirised them, encouraging people to laugh at characters called Powell or Owen. Simple tunes with lots of repetition and a narrow melodic range were catchy and caught on quickly.

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