1815–1882

December 10, 1815, Hochdorf (near Stutt­gart), Germany.

July 1882, Cann­statt, Germany.

Zundel received his first musical education at the Royal Academy of Ess­ling­en, Würt­tem­berg (1829–31). In 1833, he became a music teacher in a seminary at Ess­ling­en, at the same time studying violin under Mo­lique. In 1840, he moved to St. Pe­ters­burg, Rus­sia, to work as a bandmaster and organist. He emigrated to Amer­i­ca in 1847, and played the organ at the Un­i­tar­i­an Church in Brook­lyn, New York, then at Ply­mouth Church, Brook­lyn (1850–78, with some interruptions). The Ply­mouth Church pastor was Henry Beech­er, after whom Zun­del’s famous tune is named. Zun­del helped edit Beech­er’s 1855 Ply­mouth Col­lec­tion of Hymns, the first major hymnal with music on the same page as the lyrics. Zun­del’s other works include:

Zundel retired to Germany in 1877.

  1. Beecher
  2. Brooklyn
  3. Christmas Eve
  4. Lebanon
  5. Milton
  6. Zundel