Charles William Hempel

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Born: 28 August 1777

Died: 14 March 1855


Charles William Hempel was born in Chelsea in 1777: his early musical education was under a relative, the organist and composer Augustus F. C. Kollmann.

Hempel was elected organist of St. Mary's Church, Truro in May 1804, and held the post for forty years: the church was later incorporated into Truro Cathedral, 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 Pelham, 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 third 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 Exeter, where he remarried: he died in London. His eldest son, Charles Frederick Hempel, was also a composer and organist.

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