Robert Fuchs (1847-1927) has been popularly noted as leaving his biggest mark on the classical music landscape as a teacher. A largely impactful force of Austrian Romanticism, notable students of his included Hugo Wolf, Franz Schreker, Jean Sibelius, and Gustav Mahler.
Though not much of his music has been performed even during his lifetime, Fuchs was well regarded by leading musicians of his time, including the highly-critical Brahms. After studying flute, violin, and the organ as a child, he went on to become a professor of music theory at the Vienna Conservatory at the age of 28. By the time he began this professorship, Fuchs had already composed what would become his most famous work in 1874, the Serenade No. 1, a veritable testament to his technical mastery and graceful intensity. The overwhelmingly positive reception of this supremely well-crafted piece led him to compose four more serenades. Such was the popularity of these serenades, that he became known as ‘The Serenade Fox’ (Fuchs means fox, in German).
Recorded live during the concert The Remains of Romanticism
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Composed by Robert Fuchs
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director