Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004


Thomas Hochradner (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria)

„Ich kundte vüll vortheilhafftiges für mich, von meinen Aufkhommen, unterschiedlichen Dienst=Verrichtungen überschreiben“ („I would be able to tell a lot of favourable things about myself, my career and my different services“) – Reflections on the popularity of Johann Joseph Fux

The lecture will be divided into three parts. I will first of all emphasize the popularity of Johann Joseph Fux as the director of the imperial Court Chapel, his importance in this aristocratic household, his international reputation and the popularity of his music in the first half of the 18th century. In this context I will discuss in how far Fux received contracts for compositions and would gather a greater number of pupils round himself.

In a second part I will concentrate on aspects of music reception. I will investigate to what degree Fux’s compositions – apart from the theoretical work „Gradus ad Parnassum“ (that served as the didactic basis when teaching counterpoint into the 20th century) – could still attract attention and will point out reasons.

A final comparison of the reflections in part 1 and 2 will result in an attempt at Fux’s conception of himself as a composer and the relevance of this personal understanding for music reception.

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