He was probably born at Bamberg, but nothing is certainly known either of the place or date of his birth. Between 1492 and 1506 he was a musician in, and later possibly conductor of the court orchestra of successive kings of Poland at Warsaw. He held the post of conductor at Stuttgart from 1510 till about 1514, then was a composer at the Hofkapelle of Emperor Maximilian I, from 1519(?) at the chapter in Salzburg, and in 1527 Hofkapellmeister of Emperor Ferdinand I in Vienna, where he died.
His works, mostly part songs and other vocal compositions, show great musical knowledge, and amongst the early masters of the German school he holds a high position. They are found scattered amongst ancient and modern collections of songs and other musical pieces. The library of Zwickau possesses a work containing a collection of fifty-five songs by Finck, printed about the middle of the 16th century.
The German vocal ensemble group "Stimmwerck" has recorded a CD of vocal works by Finck, including his "Missa Dominicalis"; and the Josquin Capella another including his "Missa Ave Preclara".
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Finck, Heinrich". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- R. Eitner, Bibliographie der Musiksammelwerke des XVI. und XVII. Jahrhunderts,, Berlin, 1877