Hermann Finck

(1527 - 1558)

German composer, great-nephew of Heinrich Finck . Taught at the university of Wittenberg from 1554 and became its organist in 1557. He published a few German songs and Latin motets, but is chiefly important for the 5-volume Practica Musica, a comprehensive treatise on many aspects of the art of music. In particular he praised Gombert as the greatest master of imitative composition, and condemned the current ornamental German organ style as noisy and amorphous.

IV E: 16th Century Music for Organ and Lute