Samuel Webbe, the elder

(1740—1816) church musician and composer

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(1740–1816), Roman Catholic organist, teacher, and composer of church music and glees, the most important and influential figure in the small world of Roman Catholic church music in London in the years leading up to and immediately following the second Catholic Relief Act of 1791 [see Catholic emancipation]. He wrote music for the chapels of the Portuguese and Sardinian embassies, where he was organist. He also gave lessons free of charge; among his pupils were Vincent Novello and probably Samuel Wesley. In the 1780s and early 1790s he was responsible for the publication of three volumes of Catholic service music, much of it by himself. He also wrote music for the Anglican Church.


From An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).

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