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Fuchs’ Falling Man Recounts Tragedy at 9/11 Memorial

On October 7th, Falling Man (a monodrama composed by Kenneth Fuchs after Don DeLillo’s 9/11 novel of the same title) was included as part of the September 11 Memorial and Museum’s artistic series commemorating the 15th anniversary of the tragedy. The work was performed by baritone Jarrett Ott in a somber hall built around the remnants of the original World Trade Center site. The stirring performance also incorporated a video montage, created by Justin West, from photographs contributed by the Museum.

Following the performance, Fuchs and DeLillo joined sculptor Eric Fischl — whose sculpture “Tumbling Woman” is on display at the museum — to share how they created their art in response to the agony of 9/11. Listen to a excerpt of Fuchs’ work below.

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Kenneth Fuchs Featured in a Book by Robert R. Reilly

Fuchs: Surprised by Beauty

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.

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Kenneth Fuchs: Piano Concerto “Spiritualist”

…a bright palette…that conveys a sense of optimism and good spirits.

–Bachtrack

Kenneth Fuchs: Piano Concerto “The Spiritualist”

The outer movements featured vivacious, motoric underpinning to a charming, lyrical façade. The middle movement contained the most extroverted drama … Fuchs’s piano writing rang true to the canon of classic concertos, capitalizing on the virtuosity of Biegel, his soloist and former Juilliard schoolmate.

— Clifton Noble Jr., MassLive.com