STORRS, CT — A new orchestral work by composer Kenneth Fuchs, a professor of music at the University of Connecticut, will be premiered April 29 and 30 by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the Bushnell Theater.
A concerto for French horn and orchestra, Canticle to the Sun, will be played.It is the longest piece on Fuchs’ new CD featuring five original compositions recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Fallatta. The CD was released by Naxos on the American Classics label in January.
Fuchs wrote Canticle to the Sun for Timothy Jones, the London Symphony Orchestra’s principal French horn.
“I love the French horn,” says Fuchs, “and when I heard Tim play my music for the first time, I was amazed. It was exactly the way I had heard it. So I asked him if he would consider letting me write a concerto for him.
“The piece is based on the hymn tune All Creatures of our God and King that I grew up with. It fits the French horn – that very round, golden, mellifluous sound. I wanted to take elements of that tune and create a spiritual, musical place, almost like a musical church for Tim to be the celebrant.”
The other works on the disc are United Artists, for orchestra; Autumn Rhythm, idyll for woodwind quintet; Fire, Ice and Summer Bronze, idyll for brass; and Quiet in the Land, idyll for mixed quintet.
Fuchs’ first recording featuring the London Symphony Orchestra came out in 2005 and garnered two Grammy Award nominations. Now his second CD is receiving rave reviews.
Fuchs has received many awards and honors for his compositions from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the American Bandmasters Association. He has written for orchestra, band, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles.
To hear Fuch’s recording, go to http://www.music.uconn.edu:16080/Faculty/Fuchs_K.htm