BEECHER

Composer: John Zundel

John Zundel (1815–1882) was an organist, composer, arranger, and pedagogue. Zundel was perhaps best known for his hymn tune, "Beecher." Zundel was born in Württemberg, Germany and emigrated to New York City in 1847. There, he held various church appointments as organist, including at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn where he briefly worked with Henry Ward Beecher, inspiring the composition of the hymn tune by the same name. Zundel returned to his native country before his death in Cannstatt in July of 1882. Zundel's lasting contributions to music pedagogy were his instructional texts. Principally, Zundel's Harmony and Zundel's Melodeon Instructor, which are practically oriented texts written primarily for students of the organ or simila… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: John Zundel (1870)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Incipit: 55653 23217 61654
Key: B♭ Major

Notes

John Zundel's BEECHER (named after Henry Ward Beecher, his pastor) was first published in his Christian Heart Songs (1870) as a setting for Charles Wesley's "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" (568). The tune is also known as ZUNDEL. Approximating the shape of a rounded bar form (AA'BA'), BEECHER is a strong tune with clean rhythms that should be sung in harmony and with solid organ support (st. 4 needs more modesty).

After receiving an education in Germany, Zundel (b. Hochdorf, Germany, 1815; d. Cannstadt, Germany, 1882) went to St. Petersburg, Russia, where he served as organist of St. Anne Lutheran Church and was bandmaster of the imperial horse guards. He came to New York in 1847 and became the organist at Plymouth Congregational Church in Brooklyn (1850-1878). Henry Ward Beecher, the famous abolitionist preacher, was pastor of that congregation, and their joint ministry caused the Plymouth Church to become well known for its preaching, organ playing, and congregational singing. Dissatisfied with existing hymnals, Beecher asked Zundel to help compile several new hymnals. Temple Melodies (1851) and the Plymouth Collection of Hymns (1855) were the result. Zundel provided twenty-eight hymns tunes for the Plymouth Collection. He also published The Choral Friend (1855), Psalmody (1855), and Christian Heart Songs, and he edited the Monthly Choir and Organ Journal until his retirement in Germany in 1880.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #208
Text: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #248
Text: God, Our Father, We Adore Thee
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #470
Text: Once to Every Man and Nation
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #3
The Cyber Hymnal #1936
Text: God Our Father, We Adore Thee
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The Cyber Hymnal #2622
Text: Holy Spirit, Source of Gladness
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The Cyber Hymnal #2975
Text: In a Feed Box, in a Stable
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The Cyber Hymnal #3606
Text: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
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The Cyber Hymnal #4055
Text: Lord, Thou Lov'st the Cheerful Giver
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The Cyber Hymnal #4666
Text: Now with Joyful Exultation
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The Cyber Hymnal #4778
Text: One Day There'll Be New Earth and Heaven
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The Cyber Hymnal #5396
Text: On This Morn We See the Dawning
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The Cyber Hymnal #5400
Text: O'er the Trackless Ocean Guided
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The Cyber Hymnal #6711
Text: Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
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The Cyber Hymnal #7805
Text: Your Mission
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #95
Text: Now with Joyful Exultation
Timeless Truths #988
Text: The One Church
The United Methodist Hymnal #384
Text: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Worship and Rejoice #358
Text: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #208TextImageAudioScore
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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #172TextImage
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #337TextImage
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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #538TextImage
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #12Image
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #281Image
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #534Image
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #653Image
Celebration Hymnal #93TextImage
Celebration Hymnal #407Image
Celebration Hymnal #648Image
Celebration Hymnal #805TextImage
Chalice Hymnal #453Text
Chalice Hymnal #517Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #3AudioScore
Gifts of Love: new hymns for today's worship #22Text
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #761TextImageAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #470TextImage
Hymns for a Pilgrim People #48
Hymns of Faith #56TextImage
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #512ImageAudio
Living Hymns #7
Nyimbo za Imani Yetu #43
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #343TextImage
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #95DImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #95TextImageAudioScore
Rejoice in the Lord #479Text
Revival Hymns and Choruses #3
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #191
Sing Joyfully #71TextImage
Sing the Faith #2246
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #28aText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #43Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #2Image
The Christian Life Hymnal #40
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #439
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #637
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #92
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #268
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #574
The New Century Hymnal #43Image
The New Century Hymnal #368Image
The New Century Hymnal #495Image
The United Methodist Hymnal #384TextImageAudioScore
The Worshiping Church #558TextImage
The Worshiping Church #701TextImage
The Worshiping Church #719TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #434TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #529TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #528Text
Worship and Rejoice #358TextImageAudioScore
Worship and Rejoice #581TextImage
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #150