Morfydd Owen 1891 - 1918
Morfydd Owen led an eventful life by any standards - she was beautiful and brilliant attracting many potential suitors along the way. Morfydd made extraordinary friendships including D H Lawrence, Ezra Pound and the flamboyant Prince Yusupov (who went on to assassinate Rasputin) and was rapidly becoming the toast of musical society in Edwardian London when she married the Freudian psychoanalyst Ernest Jones. Their marriage was difficult and she died the following year, 1918, aged just 26 under circumstances which have never been fully explained.
Portrait of a Lost Icon celebrates the quality and genius of Owen’s creativity, showcasing her astonishing and diverse output, from her natural affinity with the medium of song and her growing authority writing for piano whilst revealing aspects of her engaging personality through the personal letters she wrote to Eliot Crawshay-Williams.
Portrait of a Lost Icon
The life and work of Morfydd Llwyn Owen will be celebrated in Portrait of a Lost Icon, a series of concerts given by the internationally renowned soprano, Elin Manahan Thomas pianist Brian Ellsbury. The 4 date mini tour, which opens at Harlech’s Theatr Ardudwy on Saturday 19th November, promotes Tŷ Cerdd Morfydd Owen: Portrait of a Lost Icon which will be officially launched in Swansea the following week.
The concerts will highlight the quality and genius of Owen’s creativity and showcase her astonishing and diverse output, from her natural affinity with the medium of song to her increasingly authoritative writing for the piano. As well as performing Owen’s songs, Elin will read some of the personal letters the composer wrote to Eliot Crawshay-Williams which reveal aspects of her engaging personality and intriguing life story. Accompaniment will be provided by Brian Ellsbury Record’s latest release, who will also perform a number of Owen’s solo piano works including Glantaf and Rhapsody in C# minor.
Tour dates include Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech on Saturday 19th November; Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University on Friday 25th November; Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama on Friday 31st March; Eglwys Jewin, London on Saturday 25th March 2017.
Morfydd Owen - Portrait of a Lost Icon is available to order now from Tŷ Cerdd Records The CD features songs and piano music performed by Elin Manahan Thomas and Brian Ellsbury.
Many of Morfydd Owen's songs and piano music have been recently published by Tŷ Cerdd. Pieces include the songs Spring, Gweddi y Pechadur, Slumber Song of The Madonna and The Land of Hush-a-bye as well as her Sonata in E Minor and Four Welsh Impressions for piano available from www.tycerddshop.com