Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Short Name: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Full Name: Wesley, Samuel Sebastian, 1810-1876
Birth Year: 1810
Death Year: 1876

Samuel Sebastian Wesley (b. London, England, 1810; d. Gloucester, England, 1876) was an English organist and composer. The grandson of Charles Wesley, he was born in London, and sang in the choir of the Chapel Royal as a boy. He learned composition and organ from his father, Samuel, completed a doctorate in music at Oxford, and composed for piano, organ, and choir. He was organist at Hereford Cathedral (1832-1835), Exeter Cathedral (1835-1842), Leeds Parish Church (1842­-1849), Winchester Cathedral (1849-1865), and Gloucester Cathedral (1865-1876). Wesley strove to improve the standards of church music and the status of church musicians; his observations and plans for reform were published as A Few Words on Cathedral Music and the Music System of the Church (1849). He was the musical editor of Charles Kemble's A Selection of Psalms and Hymns (1864) and of the Wellburn Appendix of Original Hymns and Tunes (1875) but is best known as the compiler of The European Psalmist (1872), in which some 130 of the 733 hymn tunes were written by him.

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Samuel Sebastian Wesley (14 August 1810 – 19 April 1876) was an English organist and composer. Wesley married Mary Anne Merewether and had 6 children. He is often referred to as S.S. Wesley to avoid confusion with his father Samuel Wesley.

Texts by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (5)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Behold the Savior of mankindS. Wesley (Author)English2
Lead me, Lord, lead me in Thy righteousnessSamuel Sebastian Wesley (Author)English, Spanish4
Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore HimSamuel Sebastian Wesley (Author)English1
The Sunday bells are callingS. S. Wesley (Author)English1
What shall I render to my God For all His mercy's store?Samuel S Wesley, 1810-1876 (Author)English1

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