Braids of Song: Weaving Welsh Music into the American Soul



by Mari Morgan

Did you ever wonder what happens when a person moves to a new country? Do they change? Does the way they sing stay with the old or blend with the new? And if they are creative types - what happens to their artistic output?

The bequest of a handwritten opera manuscript from Welsh history begins this transatlantic journey from Wales to America, and back again. Several voices tell their tales - the charismatic composer Joseph Parry from Merthyr, who stages a Welsh opera in Danville, Pennsylvania; the steady but ground-breaking conductor Daniel Protheroe from Cwmgiedd, who measures for a suit in Chicago; the international concert pianist Marie Novello from Maesteg, wrapped in glamorous furs on the first-class deck of an ocean liner; and then there's the author's own story, a girl from Llanelli who conducts the North American Welsh Choir.

Who are you? What are you? Meander these braided stories for clues - some of the details are true, while others simply make for a good telling!


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