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Samuel Sebastian Wesley

born: 14 August 1810
died: 19 April 1876
country: United Kingdom

Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–1876) was the illegitimate son of Samuel Wesley (1766–1837) and his housekeeper, Sarah Suter. Samuel Wesley had initially set up home with Charlotte Louisa Martin, of whom his family thoroughly disapproved. They married secretly when it was discovered that she was expecting their first child. The relationship was a disaster and Samuel began an affair with Suter. She bore him several children and their romance out of wedlock continued probably because of Samuel’s addiction to the opinions of Martin Madan (minister of the non-conformist Lock Chapel and Samuel’s godfather), who held unorthodox views on marriage. Madan argued that the basis of marriage was not the legal ceremony but in the act of sexual intercourse. Needless to say, these views did not concord with those espoused by Methodism at the hands of Samuel’s father, Charles Wesley.

Samuel Sebastian was named after his father and his father’s love of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Despite the stigma attached to being illegitimate – a very considerable burden at the turn of the nineteenth century – Samuel Sebastian Wesley was to become the most important English church composer between Purcell and Stanford. He was chorister at the Chapel Royal under William Hawes, and held a variety of appointments as an organist, including Leeds Parish Church and Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford and Winchester cathedrals.

from notes by William McVicker 2005

Albums
'Wesley: Anthems, Vol. 1' (CDA66446)
Wesley: Anthems, Vol. 1
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'Wesley: Anthems, Vol. 2' (CDA66469)
Wesley: Anthems, Vol. 2
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'Epiphany at St Paul's' (CDH55443)
Epiphany at St Paul's
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'My soul doth magnify the Lord' (CDH55401)
My soul doth magnify the Lord
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'Organ Dreams, Vol. 4' (CDA67436)
Organ Dreams, Vol. 4
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 14' (CDA67758)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 14
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'Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 2 18-29' (CDP11002)
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 2 18-29
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'Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 5 56-68' (CDP11005)
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 5 56-68
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'Rejoice, the Lord is king!' (CDA68013)
Rejoice, the Lord is king!
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'Service high and anthems clear' (CDH88006)
Service high and anthems clear
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 1' (CDA66374)
The English Anthem, Vol. 1
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 5' (CDA66758)
The English Anthem, Vol. 5
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 8' (CDA67483)
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
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'The English Hymn, Vol. 2 – Jerusalem the Golden' (CDP12102)
The English Hymn, Vol. 2 – Jerusalem the Golden
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'The English Hymn, Vol. 5 – Lead, kindly Light' (CDP12105)
The English Hymn, Vol. 5 – Lead, kindly Light
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'The Psalms of David' (CDS44101/12)
The Psalms of David
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On other labels
'My Beloved's Voice' (SIGCD370)
My Beloved's Voice
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Second Set of Three Pieces for Chamber Organ (Wesley)
And in that day it shall be said  Part 5 of O Lord, thou art my God (Wesley)
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away  Part 5 of The wilderness (Wesley)
And the ransom'd of the Lord  Part 4 of The wilderness (Wesley)
Andante in E flat major  No 2 of A Second Set of Three Pieces for Chamber Organ (Wesley)
Are your minds set upon righteousness, O ye congregation?  First line to Psalm 58 'Si vere utique' (Wesley)
As for the Gods of Heaven  Part 3 of Ascribe unto the Lord (Wesley)
Ascribe unto the Lord (Wesley)
Aurelia (Wesley)
Blessed are they that alway keep judgment  Part 3 of O give thanks unto the Lord (Wesley)
Blessed be the God and Father (Wesley)
Cast me not away (Wesley)
Choral Song and Fugue (Wesley)
Christ is our cornerstone  First line to Harewood (Wesley)
Evening Canticles in E major (Wesley)
For in the wilderness shall waters break out  Part 3 of The wilderness (Wesley)
For our heart shall rejoice in him  Part 2 of O Lord, thou art my God (Wesley)
For this mortal must put on immortality  Part 4 of O Lord, thou art my God (Wesley)
Fugue  Movement 2 of Choral Song and Fugue (Wesley)
Harewood (Wesley)
He will swallow up death in victory  Part 3 of O Lord, thou art my God (Wesley)
Hereford (Wesley)
I will love thee, O Lord my strength  First line to Psalm 18 'Diligam te, Domine' (Walmisley/Wesley/Smart/Robinson)
Lead me, Lord, in thy righteousness  Part 3 of Praise the Lord, my soul (Wesley)
Let us lift up our heart (Wesley)
Magnificat  Canticle 1 of Evening Canticles in E major (Wesley)
Man that is born of a woman (Wesley)
My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O Lord  Part 2 of Praise the Lord, my soul (Wesley)
Nunc dimittis  Canticle 2 of Evening Canticles in E major (Wesley)
O give thanks unto the Lord (Wesley)
O Lord, my God (Wesley)
O Lord, thou art my God (Wesley)
O may we thus insure  Part 4 of Let us lift up our heart (Wesley)
O thou who camest from above  First line to Hereford (Wesley)
O worship the Lord  Part 2 of Ascribe unto the Lord (Wesley)
Praise the Lord, my soul (Wesley)
Psalm 18 'Diligam te, Domine' (Walmisley/Wesley/Smart/Robinson)
Psalm 58 'Si vere utique' (Wesley)
Say to them of a fearful heart  Part 2 of The wilderness (Wesley)
The Church's one foundation  First line to Aurelia (Wesley)
The face of the Lord (Wesley)
The Lord hath been mindful of us  Part 4 of Ascribe unto the Lord (Wesley)
The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants  Part 3 of The face of the Lord (Wesley)
The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth  Part 2 of The face of the Lord (Wesley)
The wilderness (Wesley)
Thou judge of quick and dead  Part 3 of Let us lift up our heart (Wesley)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace (Wesley)
Thou, O Lord God, art the thing  Part 2 of Let us lift up our heart (Wesley)
Wash me throughly from my wickedness (Wesley)
Who can express the noble acts of the Lord?  Part 2 of O give thanks unto the Lord (Wesley)
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