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date: 20 January 2021

Zundel, Johnlocked

  • Sarah L. Martin


(b Hochdorf, Germany, Dec 10, 1815; d Cannstadt, Germany, July 1882). German organist and composer, active in the United States. Zundel received his first music education at the Royal Academy of Esslingen, Württemberg (1829–31). In 1833 he taught music at a seminary in Esslingen, at the same time studying violin with Molique, but gave up that instrument for the organ. In 1840 he moved to St Petersburg, Russia, where he was organist at St Anne’s Lutheran Church and Bandmaster of the Imperial Horse Guards. He came to the United States in 1847 and, after serving various churches briefly, he became organist at Henry Ward Beecher’s Plymouth Congregational Church, Brooklyn (1850–78, with some interruptions). Zundel is probably best known for his hymn tune “Beecher” (sometimes called “Love Divine” or “Zundel”), written in 1870 and named for his popular preacher, Henry Ward Beecher. Zundel wrote many hymn tunes, composed music for the organ suitable for church services, wrote sacred and vocal music, and published instructional texts, including ...

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