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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wesley, Charles," accessed January 15, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101872.
Wesley, Charles. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 15, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101872.
"Wesley, Charles." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 15 January 2021.
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