Pre-concert talk in the Arts Centre Studio
‘A refined and beautiful talent’:
thoughts on the centenary of the death of Morfydd Owen (1891–1918)
Dr Rhian Davies
Morfydd Owen died in Oystermouth on 7 September 1918, just over one hundred years ago. Rhian Davies considers the legacy of the composer whose history she began researching at Aberystwyth in 1982.
Morfydd Owen was born in Treforest, graduated in music from University College, Cardiff, in 1912 and studied composition with Frederick Corder at the Royal Academy of Music until 1917. Fascinating friendships with D.H. Lawrence and Ezra Pound, a surprising marriage to psychoanalyst Ernest Jones and a mysterious death three weeks short of her 27th birthday continue to dominate discussion. But Morfydd was also hailed the most gifted composer of her generation and, as publications and performances increased, so she re-emerged as the pivotal figure in Welsh music at the turn of the twentieth century.
Free admission by ticket.
Hear 'Nocturne' by Morfydd Owen performed in the Philomusica concert at 8pm