June 24, 1803, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

October 7, 1887, Orange, New Jersey.

Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersey.


Webb began his career as an organist in Fal­mouth, England. In 1830, he emigrated to Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts, where he was organist at the Old South Church for almost 40 years. He also played the organ at and belonged to the Bos­ton Church of the New Je­ru­sa­lem. He and Lo­well Ma­son founded the Bos­ton Academy of Music, as well as collaborating on their Musical Library.

Webb composed several choral and organ works, including Prelude in E♭ and Postlude in A. His best known tune, Webb, came from his secular song Tis Dawn, the Lark is Singing; this song was performed at a musical show on a ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

  1. Let Every Heart Rejoice and Sing
  2. Webb

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