born in 1660 in Olmütz, Olomoucky Kraj, Czechia
died in August 1730 in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Alias Godfrey Finger
Gottfried Finger (ca. 1655-6 – buried 31 August 1730), also Godfrey Finger, was a Moravian Baroque composer. He was also a virtuoso on the viol, and many of his compositions were for the instrument. He also wrote operas. Finger was born in Olomouc, modern-day Czech Republic, and worked for the court of James II of England before becoming a freelance composer. The fact that Finger owned a copy of the musical score of the work Chelys by the Flemish composer Carolus Hacquart suggests that the two composers may have worked together in England.
After a contest in London to set William Congreve's The Judgement of Paris as an opera, in which Finger came in fourth place, he left England and moved to Germany. He died in Mannheim.
- Free scores by Gottfried Finger at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- Short online biography of Finger.
- Oxford Journals Volume 33, Issue 4Pp. 591-608, Gottfried Finger's Christmas pastorella
- Peter Holman, Life After Death: The Viola Da Gamba in Britain from Purcell to Dolmetsch, Boydell & Brewer, 2010, p. 17