Hermann Finck

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Hermann Finck
Born21 March 1527
Pirna, Germany
Died28 December 1558(1558-12-28) (aged 31)
Wittenberg, Germany

Hermann Finck (21 March 1527 – 28 December 1558) was a German composer.


Finck was born in Pirna, and died at Wittenberg. After 1553 he lived at Wittenberg, where he was organist, and there, in 1555, was published his collection of wedding songs.[1] In 1545 he matriculated at Wittenberg University[2] and then taught at the university from 1545 and became an organist in 1557.[3][4]


His most celebrated work is entitled Practica musica, exempla variorum signorum, proportionum, et canonum, judicium de tonis ac quaedam de arte suaviter et artificiose cantandi continens (Wittenberg, 1556). It is of great historic value, but very rare. In the work, he praised Gombert as a great master and he condemned the German organ style of the time for being noisy and amorphous.[3] In book five, entitled, "On the Art of Singing Elegantly and Sweetly" he gave advice to singers.[5]


Finck was the great-nephew of composer Heinrich Finck.


  1. ^ "Hermann Finck (Composer) - Short Biography". www.bach-cantatas.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  2. ^ "Finck, Hermann (1527 - 1558), theorist, composer, teacher, organist : Grove Music Online - oi". oxfordindex.oup.com. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.09661. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  3. ^ a b "HOASM: Hermann Finck". www.hoasm.org. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  4. ^ Cross, Jennifer (1979). Readings in the History of Music in Performance. Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253144959.
  5. ^ Elliott, Martha (2019-02-15). So You Want to Sing Early Music: A Guide for Performers. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781538105900.