Subject: Preliminary Interview with BBC Radio Cymru
Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 13:32:21 EDT
This took place today and I answered many questions in my dialectic Welsh of the Swansea Valley, the programme will be based on “Desert Island Disks” format and I was asked to choose four pieces of music. This is nigh impossible, but I think I will choose two folk tunes from Gwent and Glamorgan in the time when all around here were fluent Welsh speakers, and two from the National Eisteddfod, the chairing of the bard ceremony and the Eisteddfodol prayer. I like the very simple and prfoundly wise tunes of the ordinary poor people:
1) “‘R wy’n Caru Merch o Blwyf Llangorwen” 2) “Mae’r Gwanwyn wedi dod”
These are optimistic tunes of the old people of South Wales. It would be nigh impossible to choose four classical pieces of music but if I did they would be Tudor lute music, Bach Goldberg variations, Beethoven Opus 111 Piano Sonata in C sharp minor first movement, and Mozart, D minor piano concerto, slow movement. I was as usual critical of the University of Wales for failing badly to sustain the Welsh language at tertiary level, and made the outrageous suggestion that Assembly members should learn Welsh. It may well be that they will agree to programmes of poetry reading. There is more to life than string theory. I said that I had completely recovered from the harrowing years 1998 to 2003, and that I am astonished myself at the huge interest in ECE theory.