Charles Wels

Charles Wels (August 24, 1825 in Prague – May 12, 1906 in New York City) was a Bohemian-American pianist, organist, composer, and music teacher. He studied under Václav Tomášek before relocating to the US. In the US he did piano compositions and a funeral march for Abraham Lincoln. (The Library of Congress has scanned in 60 compositions by Wels into its American Memory collection.)

He was briefly a Polish court-musician from 1847 to 1849. In the 1860s he was organist at Christ Church of New York.

His pupils included Samuel Brenton Whitney.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 24th, 1825 (Prague), Died May 9th, 1906 (The Bronx)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 46057 10-in. 9/24/1915 Viderunt et alleluia Columbia Mixed Quartette Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  


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