19 March 2012
Ar Hyd y Nos
This is the dedication for the book "At Day's Close: Night in Times Past," by A. Roger Ekirch. It's the first time I've seen a dedication created solely with a musical score.
I have negligible musical skills, but was able to hum this, and, in connection with the book's title, deduce it's source. Answer below the fold...
The last four notes are the refrain "all through the night." There are several pieces of music using this title; this one is Ar Hyd y No, a Welsh folksong first recorded in the 18th century.