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Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, most widely known for writing about 6,500 hymns.

Wesley was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Anglican cleric and poet Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna. He was a younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley and Anglican cleric Samuel Wesley the Younger, and he became the father of musician Samuel Wesley and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

Wesley was educated at Oxford where his brothers had also studied, and he formed the "Holy Club" among his fellow students in 1729. John Wesley later joined this group, as did George Whitefield. Charles followed his father and brother into the church in 1735, and he travelled with John to Georgia in America, returning a year later. In 1749, he married Sarah Gwynne, daughter of a Welsh gentleman who had been converted to Methodism by Howell Harris. She accompanied the brothers on their evangelistic journeys throughout Britain until Charles ceased to travel in 1765.

Despite their closeness, Charles and John did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs. In particular, Charles was strongly opposed to the idea of a breach with the Church of England into which they had been ordained.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 18th, 1707 (North Lincolnshire), Died March 29th, 1788 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: author, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 57 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 1755 7-in. 7/29/1897 Jesus, lover of my soul Artists vary Male vocal solo author  
Berliner 0679 7-in. 10/27/1899 Jesus, lover of my soul S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal duet author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]722 7-in. 3/11/1901 Jesus, lover of my soul Choir [i.e., Choir of the Lombard Street Mission] ; Choir [i.e., Lyric Trio] Mixed vocal trio author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]722 10-in. 11/25/1902 Jesus, lover of my soul Choir [i.e., Choir of the Lombard Street Mission] ; Choir [i.e., Lyric Trio] Mixed vocal trio author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3200 10-in. 3/11/1901 Jesus lover of my soul Lyric Trio Mixed vocal trio author  
Victor A-1516 7-in. 6/24/1904 Jesus, lover of my soul Trinity Choir Chorus, with organ author  
Victor B-1516 10-in. 6/24/1904 Jesus, lover of my soul Trinity Choir Chorus, with organ author  
Victor B-3241 10-in. 4/2/1906 Jesus, lover of my soul Trinity Choir Chorus, with orchestra author  
Victor B-3356 10-in. 5/2/1906 Come Thou almighty King Trinity Choir Chorus, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-6602 10-in. 11/13/1908 Jesus, lover of my soul Trinity Choir Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra author  
Victor C-9048 12-in. 6/3/1910 Love divine, all love excelling Harry Macdonough ; Lucy Isabelle Marsh Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra author  
Victor B-14847 10-in. 5/20/1914 Jesus, lover of my soul Alma Gluck ; Louise Homer Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra author  
Victor B-26430 10-in. 4/25/1922 Hark! the herald angels sing Louise Homer ; Louise Homer Stires Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra author  
Victor B-26435 10-in. 4/26/1922 Christ the Lord is risen today Louise Homer Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-28977 10-in. 11/22/1923 Jesus, lover of my soul Trinity Mixed Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, unaccompanied author  
Victor B-30532 10-in. 7/25/1924 Jesus, lover of my soul Trinity Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with string quartet author  
Victor BVE-33128 10-in. 8/3/1925 Jesus, lover of my soul Reinald Werrenrath Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor BVE-36786 10-in. 11/30/1926 Jesus, lover of my soul Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied lyricist  
Victor BVE-47205 10-in. 10/19/1928 Hallelujah! Hamp Reynolds ; Sacred Harp Singers Male vocal trio, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-75067 10-in. 2/9/1933 Songs for children (Hymns) Elsie Baker ; Myrtle C. Eaver ; Olive Kline ; Lambert Murphy ; Elliott Shaw Mixed vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-026907 10-in. 9/8/1938 Hark! The herald angels sing Lewis White Mixed vocal chorus, with violin, organ, and harp author  
Victor BS-046711 10-in. 1/24/1940 Christ the Lord is risen today Emile Coté ; Victor Chapel Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with organ author  
Victor BS-056925 10-in. 10/17/1940 Jesus, lover of my soul Edward MacHugh ; William Meeder Male vocal solo, with organ author  
Columbia 1139 7-in. ca. 1903 Refuge (Jesus, lover of my soul) Artists vary Mixed vocal quartet, unaccompanied author  
Columbia 1139 10-in. ca. 1903 Refuge (Jesus, lover of my soul) Artists vary Mixed vocal quartet, unaccompanied author  
(Results 1-25 of 57 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wesley, Charles," accessed November 23, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101872.

Wesley, Charles. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101872.

"Wesley, Charles." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 23 November 2020.

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