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Samuel Wesley (1766 - 1837)

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Samuel Wesley
Born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
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Died in Islington, London, Englandmap
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Categories: English Classical Era Classical Composers.


Samuel Wesley, the younger son of the Rev Charles Wesley, was a gifted musician, and in later life was sometime called "the English Mozart". When only three years old he could play and extemporize on the organ, and by the time he was eight years old he knew all Handel's overtures by heart, and had composed an Oratorio. One of his seven children was named Samuel Sebastian (after the composer Bach), and became a well-known organist and composer.


  • "The Music of the Methodist Hymn-Book", by James T. Lightwood; pub. The Epworth Press, 1935. [see the notes on Hymn 410 (i)]
  • Philip Olleson, ‘Wesley, Samuel (1766–1837)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 5 May 2017. This is a subscription site but access is free to readers of British libraries whose library subscribes.
  • Wikisource article on Samuel Wesley: Reference to Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 60. Article written by Frederick George Edwards

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