Kunzen family [Kuntzen]
- Georg Karstädt
- , revised by Arndt Schnoor
German family of musicians.
(b Leisnig, Saxony, Aug 31, 1696; d Lübeck, March 20, 1757). Organist and composer. His talent matured early, and according to his autobiographical sketch for Mattheson’s Grundlage einer Ehren-Pforte he deputized for Leisnig’s organist when only nine years old. He distinguished himself on the violin and on keyboard instruments while at school in Torgau (1705) and Freiberg, and from 1716 to 1718 was a student in Leipzig, where he was decisively influenced by Kuhnau and Telemann. His later polyphonic choral writing shows the effect of a rigorous training under Kuhnau, and an extant four-part organ fugue displays a thorough command of this style. A gifted singer and instrumentalist, he performed in both capacities at the opera, and stood in for the organist of the Nikolaikirche.
In 1718 Kunzen became a Kapellmeister in Zerbst and in 1719 he went to Wittenberg, where he founded a concert society. In ...