Finck, Hermann, German organist, music theorist, and composer, great-nephew of Heinrich Finck ; b. Pirna, Saxony, March 21, 1527; d. Wittenberg, Dec. 28, 1558. He was educated at the court chapel of King Ferdinand I of Hungary and Bohemia, and also studied at Wittenberg Univ. (1545), where he then taught music (1554). He was appointed town organist in 1557. His major work is the treatise Practica musica (1556).
P. Matzdorf, Die Practica musica H. F.s (Frankfurt am Main, 1957); F. Kirby, H. F/s Practica musica: A Comparative Study in 16th Century German Musical Theory (diss., Yale Univ., 1957).
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