Samuel Sebastian Wesley

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Samuel Sebastian Wesley
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Born: 14 August 1810

Died: 19 April 1876


(summary) Samuel Sebastian Wesley was born in London, son of composer Samuel Wesley and named after his father and Johann Sebastian Bach. His grandfather was the hymn writer Charles Wesley and his great-uncle was theologian John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church. As a child, he sang in the choir of the Chapel Royal and at St. Paul's Cathedral. He played the organ in several London churches and wrote music for melodramas in theatres. He became organist of Hereford Cathedral at age 22 and became focused on music for the Church. He trained at Oxford and held influential positions Exeter Cathedral, Leeds Parish Church, Winchester Cathedral, and Gloucester Cathedral. He was offered a knighthood but chose to be given money instead. His compositions are mostly anthems, organ music, and other church music, but they include some secular partsongs.

View the Wikipedia article on Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

Sacred choral music

Anthems and Introits

Canticles and services

Anglican chants

Other sacred music

Hymn settings


Secular choral music

Partsongs for Mixed Voices

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External links

Works by Samuel Sebastian Wesley in the Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP)