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

Died: Ju­ly 1882, Cann­statt (some sourc­es say Kirch­heim un­ter Teck, about five miles dist­ant), 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 re­tired to Ger­ma­ny in 1877.