KENNETH FUCHS (b 1956 )
Kenneth Fuchs has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, has recorded three discs of Fuchs’s music for Naxos American Classics. The first (8.559224), released in August 2005, was nominated for two GRAMMY® Awards. The second (8.559335), which features music for horn, was released in January 2008. Musicweb International stated in February 2008, ‘Fuchs’s distinctive voice is evident from the outset, and his flair for orchestral colours and sheer lyricism shine through’. The third (8.559723), recorded in August 2011 at London’s historic Abbey Road Studios, was released by Naxos in August 2012. Follow ing the release of this disc, BBC Music Magazine stated, ‘Kenneth Fuchs writes tonal orchestral music of great imagination. He’s a master of orchestral writing. On Naxos’s third Fuchs recording, everything gets five-star treatment. The LSO under JoAnn Falletta sounds brilliant in a spacious Abbey Road recording’. Albany Records released the highly successful disc Kenneth Fuchs: String Quartets 2, 3, 4, performed by the American String Quartet. Following its release, the American Record Guide stated quite simply, ‘String quartet recordings don’t get much better than this’. With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, Fuchs created three chamber musicals, The Great Nebula in Orion, A Betrothal, and Brontosaurus, which were originally presented by Circle Repertory Company in New York City. His music is regularly performed in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Fuchs serves as Professor of Composition at the University of Connecticut. He received his master’s and doctor of musical arts degrees in composition from The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Milton Babbitt, David Diamond, and Vincent Persichetti. His music is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Edward B. Marks Music Compa ny, Theodore Presser Company, and Yelton Rhodes Music, and it has been recorded by Albany, Cala, and Naxos Records.
For more information about the music of Kenneth Fuchs, please visit the following sites: www.kennethfuchs.com, www.albanyrecords.com, www.calarecords.com, www.ebmarks.com and www.yrmusic.com.
The New Americana—A Conversation with Composer Kenneth Fuchs
Review of Kenneth Fuchs’ music from Horn Call, the magazine of the International Horn Society, May 2009
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