Gustav Merkel (1827 - 1885)
Gustav (Adolf) Merkel (November 12, 1827 in Oberoderwitz, near Zittau – October 30, 1885 in Dresden) was a German organist and composer.
Having been given some lessons by Schumann in his youth, Merkel spent most of his career in Dresden, concentrating on organ-playing from 1858. A Lutheran himself, he nevertheless held an appointment at one of Dresden's main Catholic churches from 1864 until his death. During the same period he taught the organ at Dresden's Conservatorium.
His compositions include nine solo sonatas (which have been recorded several times, as well as occurring quite often in ... (Read all)