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date: 31 May 2020

Zahn, Johannes locked

  • Friedrich Baser


(b Eschenbach in der Oberpfalz, Aug 1, 1817; d Neudettelslau, Feb 17, 1895). German music scholar . He attended the Gymnasium in Nuremberg from 1832 to 1837 and then studied theology at the University of Erlangen until 1841. He was stimulated by Carl von Winterfeld to revive the singing of old Lutheran chorales, and received much encouragement from Gottlieb von Tucher in Munich. The general church council, which had commissioned Zahn to prepare a hymnbook for the Lutheran Church in Bavaria, accepted a sample volume containing 12 four-part hymns, but rejected the first edition of his Revidiertes vierstimmiges Kirchenmelodienbuch (1852). Together with Tucher and Immanuel Faisst, he revised this work, giving due consideration to the new Bavarian hymnbook which had appeared in 1854. This joint effort, published the following year, was accepted for ecclesiastical use and was adopted as a model by many regional churches. Zahn also collected unknown religious songs and strived to make them better known. His most important work was the six-volume ...

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