Spindler was born at Wurzbach, Lobenstein, November 24, 1817, and died at Niederlossnitz, near Dresden, December 26, 1905.
He was originally intended for the ministry, and studied theology with that in mind, but eventually gave it up in favor of music.
He studied piano-playing with F. Schneider, of Dessau, and devoted himself to a life of teaching and composing.
He settled in Dresden in 1841, and seems to have found his surroundings congenial, as he remained there for the rest of his life.
As a writer he was very prolific, and published considerably over three hundred compositions, most of which are in the nature of teaching pieces. Many of these have proved exceedingly popular, and among the most widely known may be mentioned Bubbling Spring, The Butterfly, Charge of the Hussars, Convent Bells, Soldiers Advancing, Rippling Waves, Spinning Wheel and Woodland Rivulet.
He also a made some very excellent transcriptions of operas, and other works, which are of medium grade and very popular.
Spindler did not confine himself solely to writing music of the simpler kind, however, but produced trios, sonatas, two symphonies, a concerto for pianoforte and orchestra and other works in larger forms. While not, perhaps, a musician of transcendant ability, Spindler was a musician of a type which has done much to establish the German reputation for thoroughness in musical art.
His compositions are for the most part tuneful in character, well constructed, and well adapted to the purpose for which they are intended.