The Robert ap Huw Manuscript (British Library
Additional MS 14905) contains some 71 pages of Welsh Harp music.
This music is part of a repertoire of over 300 pieces, catalogued
in several 16th century manuscripts. The known composers of the
music have been placed in a period ranging from c.1340
to c.1485. Some of the unattributed pieces may well be
older, the titles of many of these have reference to pre-1320,
and several pieces have reference to earlier times.
This music, known as Cerdd Dant, the music of
string, belongs to the ancient bardic traditions of Wales.
The material was copied by Robert ap Huw from
earlier sources including a book by Wiliam Penllyn, a 16th century
This is the oldest collection of harp music in
existence and by far the oldest to contain both bass and treble
The manuscript offers a unique window into an
ancient style of music that once dominated the Celtic world.