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Gottfried Finger

(c. 1660—1730) composer


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(b ?Olmütz [now Olomouc], c.1660; d Mannheim, Aug. 1730). Moravian composer. He went to England about 1687, serving as a musician in the Catholic chapel of James II. After James's reign he worked in London as performer and composer, but left England in a huff in 1701 after being awarded only fourth prize for a competition setting of Congreve's masque The Judgement of Paris (the first, second, and third prizes went to John Weldon, John Eccles, and Daniel Purcell). He spent his later life first in north Germany, and then as musician to the Innsbruck court, which moved to Heidelberg and Mannheim. As well as dramatic music, he wrote some pleasant sonatas in the Italian style.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: music.


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