Samuel Wesley: The Man and His Music

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Boydell Press, 2003 - 360 strani
This well-documented life of Samuel Wesley gives a vivid picture of the life of a professional musician in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century London. Wesley was born in 1766, the son of the Methodist hymn-writer Charles Wesley and nephew of the preacher John Wesley. He was the finest composer and organist of his generation, but his unconventional behaviour makes him of more than ordinary interest. He lived through a crucial stage of English music from the immediately post-Handel generation to the early Romantic period, and his large output includes piano and organ music, orchestral music, church music, glees, and songs. He also taught and lectured on music, and was involved in journalism, publishing, and promoting the music of J. S. Bach. This book draws on letters, family papers, and other contemporary documents to offer a full study of Wesley, his music, and his life and times.

PHILIP OLLESON is Professor of Historical Musicology at the University of Nottingham. He has edited The Letters of Samuel Wesley: Professional and Social Correspondence, 1797-1837, is the joint author (with Michael Kassler) of Samuel Wesley (1766-1837): A Source Book, and has written extensively about other aspects of music in England in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
 

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Childhood and youth 17661773
1
Early upbringing and the family concerts 17741787
12
Adolescence Roman Catholicism rebellion and Charlotte 17801788
25
Life with Charlotte 17911797
40
Beginning a career 17971805
51
Discovering Bach 18051808
66
Lectures and controversy 1809
87
A developing career 18101811
101
Byrd the Confitebor and Handels hymns 18261828
187
The return to Bristol 18291830
203
Last years 18301837
210
Wesley and his musical environment
217
Sacred vocal music
229
Largescale choral music with orchestra
251
Secular vocal music
261
Instrumental music
281

Vincent Novello and the Portuguese Embassy Chapel 18111812
112
The oratorio business 1813
128
The established career 18141816
140
Breakdown and recovery 18161823
149
The career reestablished 18231825
166
The Fitzwilliam music 1825
179

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