Hermann Finck

(1527 - 1558)

Theorist and composer. Great-nephew of Heinrich Finck; lived in Wittenberg and taught at the university from 1545, becoming its orgamist in1557; composed mostly songs and Latin motets, several for important weddings. His Practica musica (Wittenberg, 1556; 2nd ed. enl., 1556) is his major work; this large theoretical treatise on the rudiments of music is illustrated with nearly 100 compositions by some of the best modem composers and includes discussion of certain historical topics and of contemporary performance practice. In particular, he praised Gombert as the greatest master of imitative composition, and condemned the current ornamental German organ style as nopisy and amorphous.

IVH: The German Lied