Merkel was a global famous organist and author of body organ music that pass on from Germany, through Britain to america. His compositions had been clearly created with didactic motives and include a flare for pedal technique as well as the continuation from the Bach custom. Pedal scores had been oten constructed by Merkel to produce the cantus firmus of a bit and sometimes needed pedalling with both foot. He had turn into a instructor in Dresden after their studies at Bautzen teacher’s university. While in Dresden he trained piano and researched body organ with Schnieider and structure with Schumann and Reissiger. From 1858 until 1885 he was used in Dresden as an organist for the orphanage cathedral, Kreuzkirche, Catholic courtroom cathedral and Merkel also taught on the Dresden Conservatory.