Samuel Sebastian Wesleyby Donald Hunt
Wesley (1810-1876) was one of the great composers of English cathedral music, ranking with Purcell. Author of many memorable anthems, his greatest achievement was to rewrite the settings of the Canticles and renew devotion to what had become a mundane part of the Anglican service. Illegitimate son of Samuel Wesley, grandson of Charles and great-nephew of John Wesley, Samuel was a musical prodigy. Discusses fully his life, music, and writings, offering an assessment of his position in the history of the Anglican Church and its music.
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