Fink, (Christian) Gottfried Wilhelm

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Fink, (Christian) Gottfried Wilhelm

Fink, (Christian) Gottfried Wilhelm, German writer on music, editor, and theologian; b. Suiza, Thuringia, March 8, 1783; d. Leipzig, Aug. 27, 1846. He studied theology (later took holy orders) and history in Leipzig. In 1808 he became a contributor to the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung, serving as its ed. (1828–41). He also taught at the Leipzig Cons. (1838–43), where he was director in 1842. In his music criticism, he opposed the Romantic inclinations of Schumann and his contemporaries. He contributed many articles to various German reference works, and also left unfinished a history of music.


K.-E. Eicke, Der Streit zwischen A.B. Marx und G.W. F. um die Kompositionslehre (Regensburg, 1966).

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