(The Book of Aneirin).
Copy of a 6th century lyre with an amber bridge
made by Guy Flockhart (detail).
'Peis Dinogat' (mp4)
Bragod performing 'Peis Dinogat' (extract).
This is a track from their album, 'Kaingk'.
About 1.3 MB
In setting both Peis Dinogat and Awdl LI. from The Book of Aneirin,the duo has drawn on principles set forth by Boethius in his De institutione musica (probably written before 510 A.D.), a compendium and discussion of ancient Greek musical theory written in Latin and presented in the light of Christian thought. Bragod has created a strong musical contrast between the poems ('Kaingk', Tracks 12 and 13 ). Welsh poetry of this period has no stress save a light, upward, melodic stress at the ends of phrases and this feature is reflected in the contour of the melody. The lines may be a simple unit, divide into two or into three phrases (see Dr. Isaac's indications in the poem below). Dr. Isaac divides the poem into four parts and Bragod assigns each of the first three parts a different tetrachord taken from the hexachord - CDEFGA: 1. DEFG, 2. EFGA, 3. CDEF. The fourth part uses all the tetrachords together, 4. CDEFGA. In the 6th, 7th and 8th centuries the poet, lyre-player and singer would probably have been the same person. This poem is not part of 'The Gododdin' and possibly of later date but one of the scribes of The Book of Aneirin wrote it in a blank space. It is a poem commemorating a fallen hero, written by a professional poet, possibly in the voice of Dinogat's mother.
Welsh edition from G. R. Isaac, 'Mydr a Pherfformiad yr Hengerdd ', Dwned 7, (2001).
English translation by Dr. Isaac.
Crwth and Lyre,
Discussions and Demonstrations
in Quicktime Video mp4
Lecture: Robert Evans.