We have some early printed volumes e.g. the first printed book to include music in Welsh – ‘Llyfr y Psalmau’, Edmwnd Prys (1621, 1630 and 1638 editions).
The Library includes works by Welsh classical composers who gained international recognition such as Grace Williams, Daniel Jones, Alun Hoddinott and William Mathias.
The Library also includes popular works including music by Catatonia, Manic Street Preachers and songs by solo artists such as Caryl Parry Jones and Huw Chiswell.
We have a number of stars’ biographies e.g. Ivor Novello, Tom Jones, Charlotte Church, Aled Jones and Shirley Bassey.
Wales is famous for its choirs and there are plenty of choral works such as anthems and oratorios by composers such as Joseph Parry and T Hopkin Evans.
Our tradition of congregational singing is reflected in our collection of hymn books and ‘cymanfa’ programmes. Some come from as far afield as Patagonia and Australia.
There are numerous examples of the Welsh song to be found e.g. old favourites such as ‘Arafa don’ and ‘O na byddai’n haf o hyd’ and songs by modern composers such as Dilys Elwyn Edwards, Gareth Glyn and Robat Arwyn.
The Library has collected a series of influential magazines such as ‘Y Cerddor Cymreig’, ‘Cerddor y Cymry’, ‘Cronicl y Cerddor’ and ‘Y Cerddor’.