Nos Galan

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Traditional Welsh air for New Year's dances, played on a harp with dancers circling around who would improvise lyrics in a game. The musical line now replaced by "Fa-la-la-la-la . . ." was played on the harp.

While this tune is thought to date from as early as the 16th Century, it was first found (untitled) in John Parry’s manuscript "Twelve Airs for One and Two Guitars" (1781). It was then published in "Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards" by Edward Jones (1784) titled "Nos Galan" (English: "New Year's Eve"). Welsh lyrics were added still later.
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