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 played the organ at the Old South Church for almost 40 years. He also played the organ 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 also 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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