Welcome to the HistoricHymns.com Composer Search!

Select an Individual or Source from the List and press Enter:

Background

Hymns Ancient and Modern: Historical Edition
William H. Frere, 1909

Samuel Wesley (1766-1834). Son of Charles Wesley the hymn-writer, was devoted to music as a child. He wrote an oratorio, Ruth, at the age of eight, which was not a child’s performance but a musicianly work. He was for a long time in the forefront of music in London, and was in particular the first to reveal J. S. Bach to the English public. For some time he was a Roman Catholic, and wrote some Latin church music, but later he returned and was organist of Camden Chapel, now the Parish Church of Camden Town; his compositions include music of all sorts. The brilliant hopes of his boyhood were dashed by an accident, in 1787, which affected his brain; but he remained to the end a leading musician. Portraits and biography in Musical Times, Aug. and Dec. 1902. No. 502. [Dictionary of National Biography, Grove]
ReferenceComposer
Bethlehem (Wesley)Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)
Bristol (Wesley)Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)
ChichesterSamuel Wesley (1766-1837)
Christchurch (Wesley)Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)
DoncasterSamuel Wesley, 1837
Exeter (Wesley)Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)
GibeonSamuel Wesley, 1835
LlanberisSamuel Wesley, 1839
Philippi (Wesley)Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)
Ross (Wesley)Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)
Wesley’s ChantSamuel Wesley (1766-1837)
WillinghamSamuel Wesley (1766-1837)