Johann Joseph Fux's reputation as a theorist and the long-term influence of his theoretical and pedagogical work have ensured that his name is widely known in music circles in the West. His pre-eminence as the foremost native-born composer of the Austrian Baroque has resulted in attention being focused on his work as an exemplum of virtually every genre, sacred or secular of Austro-Italian early eighteenth-century music. The publication of the Fux Gesamtausgabe has greatly enhanced the reputation of his music and the essays in this volume will develop our understanding of Fux, his music, and his place in musical history.
’The book should be read by anyone interested in shifting the focus of attention in early eighteenth-century studies away from the more familiar areas. Together with Pritchard's admirable Caldara volume, it performs the important task of documenting the latest scholarship relating to one of the leading musical centres of the time - Habsburg court at Vienna under the Emperor Charles VI.’ Music and Letters ’This book splendidly achieves its aim of celebrating and affirming the value of Fux's work. For the breadth of its outlook, its wealth of useful references and its generous music examples and bibliography, it is to be highly recommended’ Music and Letters
Contents: 'Fux und die Gegenwart': Prof. Hellmut Federhofer (Mainz); A Bibliography of Secondary Literature on Fux: Prof. Rudolf Flotzinger and Dr. Ingrid Suhubert (Graz); The Fux Manuscripts at Melk Abbey: Prof. Robert N. Freeman (California); The literary and dramaturgical aspects of the Oratorio in Vienna with special reference to texts set by Fux: Prof. Erika Kanduth (Vienna); The use of the chalumeau in Fux's music: Dr. Colin Lawson (Sheffield); The Trio-Sonatas of Fux: Dr. J. H. Lederer (Graz); The 'Classical Legacy' of Fux's Gradus ad Parnussum: Prof: Alfred Mann (Rochester, N.Y.); The Secular-Dramatic Compositions of Fux: A General Survey: Herbert Seifert The use of wind instruments (excluding their Chalumeau) in Fux's music: Prof. Wolfgang Suppan (Graz); The small-scale concerted liturgical works of Fux: Prof. Rudolf Walter (Mainz); The Oratorios of Fux: Survey and Stylistic Assessment: Dr. Harry White (Dublin) Index; Notes on Contributors.