Quehl's musical talent became a sensation early on. Contemporary documents note Quehl "applied in the 10th year of his age to music and perfected it at different locations such as Hamburg, Amsterdam, Leyden, the Hague, etc. He learned the organ mostly from the Kapellmeister Christian Friedrich Witt in Gotha .
From autumn 1714 Quehl was organist at St. Mary's Church in Suhl. In 1718 he married the 2nd daughter of the church pastor Johann Caspar Werner. Of 8 children, 6 did not survived their first years of life. Johann Sebastian Bach(at the time Kapellmeister at the court in Köthen), was godfather of Quehl's 3rd son. From 1732 - 1733 Quehl was the teacher of Johann Peter Kellner .
In the summer of 1730 Quehl served as the organist and cantor at the Church of St. Nicolai in Marktbreit am Main and followed in the footsteps of the late cantor Johann Friedrich Schüttwürfel.
In 1735, Quehl entered the teaching profession in Fürth where he remained until his death in March 1739 cantor and organist at St. Michael in Fürth. Elsewhere his work is described "Capellmeister". Quehl's successor was Caspar Christian Keller from Suhl.
Not much of his music has survived, but we do have a wonderful collection of 42 Fugues on Chorales. This tune "Wach Auf mein herz und singe" was more commonly known as Nun laßt uns Gott, dem Herren, by Ludwig Helmbold (1532-1598). First published in Helmbold’s Geistliche Lieder, den Gottseligen Christen zugericht (1575) in 8 4-line stanzas. It was entitled ‘Ein Dancklied, nach essens, und sunst, fur allerley Wolthaten Gottes’ (a song of thanks, after eating, and at other times, for all God’s favors). As the title indicates, it is a ‘Grace after meat’ which broadens out to thank God for all his goodness; it appears in the ‘Loben und Danken’ section of the hymnal.
Score available: http://www.evensongmusic.net/?page_id=1125