Charles William Hempel

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Born: 28 August 1777

Died: 14 March 1855


Charles William Hempel was born in ChelseaLink to the English Wikipedia article in 1777: his early musical education was under a relative, the organist and composer Augustus F. C. KollmannLink to the English Wikipedia article.

Hempel was elected organist of St. Mary's Church, TruroLink to the English Wikipedia article in May 1804, and held the post for forty years: the church was later incorporated into Truro CathedralLink to the English Wikipedia article, consecrated in 1877. He published a set of Psalms from the New Version for the use of the Congregation of St. Mary's in 1804, and Sacred Melodies for the same congregation in 1812.

A Morning and an Evening Service, twenty Original Melodies, and two Anthems was dedicated to George PelhamLink to the English Wikipedia article, bishop of Lincoln: the Dictionary of National Biography dates the publication of this work to 1820, although it was reviewed in the Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review in the second quarter of 1821.

Publications in 1822 include an Introduction to the Pianoforte for the use of his pupils, and The Commercial Tourist, or Gentleman Traveller, a satirical poem in four cantos, which was illustrated by J. R. Cruikshank, and in 1832 went to a third edition.

In later life Hempel moved to ExeterLink to the English Wikipedia article, where he remarried: he died in London. His eldest son, Charles Frederick HempelLink to the English Wikipedia article, was also a composer and organist.

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