E.B. Marks composer, Kenneth Fuchs, has recently been featured in a new edition of Robert R. Reilly’s book, Surprised by Beauty: A Listener’s Guide to the Recovery of Modern Music. The book strives to reconcile the great spiritual confusion of the 20th century and modern music’s encouragement of spiritual recovery. It features interviews with many composers in the hopes of drawing attention to some of the more melodic music currently being written.
Kenneth Fuchs is a world renowned American composer and educator who has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. Many of his compositions appear on recorded albums by Naxos American Classics, all of which have been cited by Reilly as proof that, “Fuchs is an exemplar of the recovery of American music. His music rejoices.” Reilly has devoted an entire chapter in this new edition to Fuchs’ distinctly American work, adding him to a list of luminaries such as John Cage, Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, John Adams, and Samuel Barber.
“Like Aaron Copland, Fuchs has a way of capturing the stirrings of the human heart and the yearnings of the soul in highly spirited, soaring music. His works carry within themselves an inimitably American sense of expectancy, of horizons glimpsed and striven for, and, finally, of boldly announced arrivals.”
– Robert R. Reilly
Theodore Presser Company offers many of the compositions mentioned in this chapter on rental and we invite you to listen to Fuchs’ music below.