The Musical Wesley Family
1 February– 28 April 2007
Carlton R. Young
An exhibition celebrating the contributions to
church music by the Wesley family, Sacred Harmony: The Musical
Wesley Family, will premier 1 February, 2007 at Perkins School of
Theology’s Bridwell Library, beginning a series of events
commemorating the tercentenary of Charles Wesley's birth.
The exhibition, curated by Dr. Carlton R. Young, Professor Emeritus
of Church Music at Emory University and editor of The United
Methodist Hymnal, will feature correspondence, hymn and
tune collections, books, and scores illustrating the formation and
development of eighteenth-century British Wesleyan-style worship
song, and the musical education and career of several generations of
the Wesley family. The exhibition pays special attention to John,
Charles, Charles Jr., Samuel, and Samuel Sebastian Wesley and will
run through 28 April in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries
at Bridwell Library.
the exhibition opening 1 February will begin in Perkins Chapel at 4:30
with a performance of a sonata by Charles Wesley, Jr.,
“Sonata per il Cembalo in F minor" performed by Dr. Larry Palmer.
Bridwell Library recently acquired this signed manuscript, and
Bridwell Library staff member Clyde Putman transcribed the original. Following the performance, Dr. Nicholas Temperley,
Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the University of Illinois, will
deliver a lecture in Perkins Chapel entitled “Music and Charity in
Eighteenth-Century England, with Special Emphasis on the Lock
Hospital.” will follow the performance.
Track 21 Charles
Wesley, Jr., F minor Sonata. Larry Palmer, Professor of
Harpsichord and Organ and SMU University Organist,
Meadows School of the Arts. Private recording. Excerpt from the
recording used by permission of Dr. Palmer.
The exhibition opening and reception will begin
at 6:00 P.M. in The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries at Bridwell Library.
Track 27 Charles
Wesley, George Frideric Handel,
the Lord is king, realization and descant, John Wilson.
Charles Wesley at 300. Polly
Brecht, harpsichord; Julia Emshiser Bartles, cello; S T
Kimbrough, Jr., conductor. GBGMusik, CD1-027. Descant and
realization used by permission of Hope Publishing Co.
excerpt used by permission of GBGMusik.