Funk, Gottfried Benedict, was born Nov. 29,1734, at Hartenstein, Saxony, and educated at the Gymnasium of Freiberg and the University of Leipzig. In 1756 he became tutor in the family of J. A. Cramer, then court preacher at Copenhagen. He returned to Germany in 1769 as subrector of the Cathedral School at Magdeburg, becoming rector in 1772; and being also appointed a member of the consistory in 1785 and Doctor of Theology in 1804. He died at Magdeburg, June 18,1814.
One of the best teachers of his time, he was also one of its most successful hymn-writers. His hymns, 25 in all, appeared (1) in the Gesang-Buch für S. Petri, Kopenhagen, 1760. (2) Zollikofer's Neues Gesang-Buch Leipzig, 1766. (3) the Magdeburg Gesang-Buch, 1805. (4) in his… Go to person page >