By: Philip Watson
For: Solo Clarinet in Bb + piano
page one of Beddgelert

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Philip Watson
Difficult (Grades 7+)
5 minutes
Modern classical music
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For Bb Clarinet and Pianoforte

For Helen Deakin

Programme Note

The story of Beddgelert (Gelert’s resting place):

"In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, "The Faithful Hound", who was unaccountably absent.

On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood.

The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry.

Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but near by lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain.

The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert on the edge of the town".


This piece is one of a series of compositions for solo instrument and piano, based on aspects of Britain’s mountain country.

Although not intended to be programmatic, the piece reflects the anguish felt by Prince Llewelyn while recalling the good times he had shared with Gelert, his faithful hound. The closing bars perhaps reflect the present day pilgrimage made by countless tourists to view Gelert’s grave.

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