The Anglican anthems and Roman Catholic motets of Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)
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The stature of Samuel Wesley, liturgical composer, organist, editor, lecturer and man of letters, has been obscured by the prominence of his son, Samuel Sebastian Wesley. The father's contributions have been reflected dimly in his recognition as an organist-improvisator and Bach enthusiast, and by the fleeting notoriety accorded him as another religious eccentric named Wesley. The composer's hitherto unacknowledged sacred choral compositions reflect his genius and Romantic dedication to his religious ethos in an unstable environment. Twenty-three English anthems and thirty-one Latin motets have been analyzed. The anthems are less impressive than the motets; they reflect the conservative verse anthem forms which prevailed in English sacred music after 1700. The Latin works constitute a significant contribution which marks the resurgence of English full choral traditions [TRUNCATED].
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