Ballad and Carol Tunes
carols and other free meters of Welsh poetry came to Wales from England in the
16th and 17th centuries. As there were no old tunes to
which they could be sung, the tunes had to be borrowed, too. Of course there was
soon little left of the English original version. First the texts, then also the
tunes were changed by the Welsh.
music was in this case clearly less important than the poetic form.