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English musical family

The Wesley family, remembered primarily through the religious leader John Wesley (1703–91), made a deep and long-lasting contribution to English music. John’s brother Charles (1707–88), the hymn writer, had two musician sons, Charles (1757–1834) and Samuel (1766–1837). The young Charles, though a prodigy, never developed as a composer, but was a professional organist. Samuel was a prolific composer for the church (Catholic as well as Anglican), of organ and other keyboard music and of orchestral works, including some symphonies of striking originality; he played a central part in the Bach revival. His illegitimate son, Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–76), was the leading English church composer of his time.

Recommended Recording:
Symphonies (Samuel Wesley), London Mozart Players (cond) Matthias Bamert (Chandos)

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