Hughes, Joseph Tudor (1827-1841) British Melodies. The Composition of Master Hughes, from the Fourth to the Ninth Year of His Age, with Brilliant Variations for the Piano-Forte or Harp, under the Patronage of Her Majesty, to Which is Affixed a Collection of the Most Favorite Cambrian Melodies Harmonized by Master Hughes, and a Lithographed Fac-Simile of the Autographs of the Subscribers, Headed by that of Her Majesty, The Queen, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, The Queen Dowager, His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, and Her Royal Highness The Princess Augusta, Followed by several hundreds of the Nobility, Gentry, and Clergy, of the United Kingdom. London: Published for the Proprietor, by D’Almaine & Co., 20, Soho Square. Entered at Stationers’ Hall.  32.5 cm. An engraved musical score, [xxiv; frontispiece lithograph of “Master Hughes as He Appeared Before His Late Majesty and the Queen Dowager” (i); 35 numbered pages (verso of page 35 is an arrangement of “God Save the Queen” by Master Hughes)]. Disbound from an album, but all 35 pages are still sewn together. Lacks publisher’s advertisements at the end.
Contents: “Llewelyn’s Lament”; “Pull the Oar”; “The Delight of the Men of Harlech” (“Gorhofedd gwyr Harlech”); “Rising of the Lark”; (“Codiad yr ehedydd”); “The Allurement of Love”; (“Serchydol”); “The End of the Spade”; (“Pen rhaw”); “Black Sir Harry”; (“Sir Harry Ddu”); “The Dawn of Day”; (“Torriad y dydd”); “David of the White Rock”; (“Dafydd y garreg wen”); “The Cream of the Brown Ale,” (“Hyfen y cwrw melyn”); “Glanbrane Park”; “The Ash Grove” (“Llwyn onn”); “Good Humoured” (“Glan meddwdod mw yn”); “The Sherrif’s Fancy” (“Concêt siri”); “Margaret’s Daughter” (“Merch Megan”); “Sweet Richard” (“Dicyn fwyn”); “The Rising Sun” (“Codiad yr haul”); “Sir Watkin’s Delight” (“Gorhofedd Sir Watkin”); “Jenny’s Mantle” (“Mantell Siani”); “The King’s Joy” (“Difyrwch y brenin”); “The Cambrian District” (“Bro gwalia”); “Rhuddlan Marsh” (“Morfa Rhuddlan”); “Of Noble Race Was Shenkin” (“Godidog radd oedd Shencin”); Cambrian Quadrilles; “The Regina Waltz”; “God Save the Queen”.
Joseph Tudor Hughes (1827-1841) was a Welsh child prodigy, who grew up in London, performing at age five at the Hanover Square concert hall on the harp and concertina. Hughes also composed for the harp, publishing some of his arrangements and compositions in British Melodies. In 1838 the Hughes family emigrated to the United States, where Joseph Hughes continued to perform, until his untimely death from a boating accident on May 12, 1841 in the Hudson River. Two copies of this anthology of Joseph Hughes were found, one at the Morgan Library in New York and another at the Welsh National Library at Ceredigion, Wales.
The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and The Isles, Communicated in an Original, Pleasing & Familiar Style, Having the Lively Airs Introduced as Medleys, to Form a Sequence to Each Slower Movement, With an Admired Plain Harmony for the Piano Forte, Harp, Organ or Violoncello, Intended rather to preserve Simplicity, than load with Embellishments; Edited by Capt S Fraser, Chiefly acquired during the Interesting Period from 1715 to 1745, through the Authentic Source narrated in the Accompanying Prospectus.