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
CDA66446Archive Service
Wesley: Anthems, Vol. 2
CDA66469Archive Service
Epiphany at St Paul's
CDH55443Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
My Beloved's Voice
Studio Master: SIGCD370Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
My soul doth magnify the Lord
CDH55401Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Organ Dreams, Vol. 4
CDA67436Archive Service
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 14
CDA67758
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 2 18-29
CDP11002Archive Service; also available on CDS44101/12Download currently discounted
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 5 56-68
CDP11005Archive Service; also available on CDS44101/12Download currently discounted
Rejoice, the Lord is king!
Studio Master: CDA68013Best of 2014Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Service high and anthems clear
CDH88006Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
The English Anthem, Vol. 1
CDA66374Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 5
CDA66758Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
CDA67483
The English Hymn, Vol. 2 – Jerusalem the Golden
CDP12102
The English Hymn, Vol. 5 – Lead, kindly Light
CDP12105
The Psalms of David
CDS44101/1212CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Complete works available for download

Ascribe unto the LordWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
Ascribe unto the LordSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Huw Williams (organ)
AureliaWells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer (conductor), Rupert Gough (organ)
Blessed be the God and FatherEly Cathedral Choir, Arthur Wills (conductor), Stephen le Provost (organ)
Blessed be the God and FatherSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Blessed be the God and FatherWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ), Thomas Blunt (treble)
Blessed be the God and FatherAlasdair Austin (treble), The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, Mark Williams (conductor), Robert Dixon (organ)
Cast me not awayWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
Choral Song and FugueChristopher Herrick (organ)
Evening Canticles in E majorSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Christopher Dearnley (organ)
HarewoodWells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer (conductor), Rupert Gough (organ)
HerefordWells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer (conductor), Rupert Gough (organ)
HerefordWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Let us lift up our heartWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
Man that is born of a womanWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
O give thanks unto the LordWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
O Lord, my GodWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
O Lord, thou art my GodWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
Praise the Lord, my soulWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
Praise the Lord, my soulSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Huw Williams (organ)
Psalm 58 'Si vere utique'St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
The face of the LordWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
The wildernessWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peaceWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peaceSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
Wash me throughly from my wickednessWorcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ), Benjamin Ryder (treble)
THOMAS ATTWOOD WALMISLEY (1814-1856))
Psalm 18 'Diligam te, Domine'St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A Second Set of Three Pieces for Chamber Organ (Wesley)
And in that day it shall be said  
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away  
And the ransom'd of the Lord  
Andante in E flat major  
Are your minds set upon righteousness, O ye congregation?  
As for the Gods of Heaven  
Ascribe unto the Lord (Wesley)
Aurelia (Wesley)
Blessed are they that alway keep judgment  
Blessed be the God and Father (Wesley)
Cast me not away (Wesley)
Choral Song and Fugue (Wesley)
Christ is our cornerstone  
Evening Canticles in E major (Wesley)
For in the wilderness shall waters break out  
For our heart shall rejoice in him  
For this mortal must put on immortality  
Fugue  
Harewood (Wesley)
He will swallow up death in victory  
Hereford (Wesley)
I will love thee, O Lord my strength  
Lead me, Lord, in thy righteousness  
Let us lift up our heart (Wesley)
Magnificat  
Man that is born of a woman (Wesley)
My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O Lord  
Nunc dimittis  
O give thanks unto the Lord (Wesley)
O Lord, my God (Wesley)
O Lord, thou art my God (Wesley)
O may we thus insure  
O thou who camest from above  
O worship the Lord  
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  
The Church's one foundation  
The face of the Lord (Wesley)
The Lord hath been mindful of us  
The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants  
The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth  
The wilderness (Wesley)
Thou judge of quick and dead  
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace (Wesley)
Thou, O Lord God, art the thing  
Wash me throughly from my wickedness (Wesley)
Who can express the noble acts of the Lord?