Godfrey Finger - Sonata in C for Trumpett, Violin, Hautboy, & Bass Continuo
Gottfried Finger (c.1660 - c.1730)
Edited by Barry Bauguess
Published by The Baroque Trumpet Shop
Gottfried Finger was born in Olomouc in Moravia and worked there in the famous ensemble of the Prince-Bishop Karl Liechtenstein-Kastelcorno, in whose archive at Kromeriz Finger's earliest compositions are preserved. Finger was probably in Munich in 1682 and may have arrived London as early as 1685. Against stiff competition he received a post in James II's new Catholic chapel in 1687. In 1688 he published his Op. 1, dedicated to James II, and intended for use in the Catholic chapel.
When James II went into exile in 1688, Finger remained in London and started a successful freelance career and became a central figure in London's musical life. He published several popular collections aimed at the growing amateur music market, including the first set of sonatas for solo instrument and continuo ever to be published in England (1690). He was especially successful as composer for the theater, a part of his career that seems have begun in 1684, though his career in England came to an abrupt end when he entered the competition in 1701 to set Congreve's masque The Judgment of Paris and came only fourth, beaten by John Weldon, John Eccles, and Daniel Purcell.