Definition and background:
a form of welsh musical competition between a singer and a harper. The harper plays a well-known melody, and the latter improvises words to an extemporized countermelody. the harper is allowed to change either tune or tonality as often as he wishes, and the singer is expected to accommodate as rapidly as possible
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