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1904 - Im Mai Ein Kinderlied (click for details)

Words: Hugo Hasburger

Performance: Not Known

Recording: Nil

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1905 - Liebestraum - Lieder (click for details)

Words: Walter Jacob

Performance: Not Known

Recording: Nil

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1931 - Quintet in D Major (click to listen)

Piano, viola, violins (2), violoncello.

Adagio – Allegro non troppo (Duration: 8’58)
Allegro – (Duration: 13’42)
Scherzo (Walzer) (Duration: 4’35)
Allegro Maestoso (Duration: 11’35)

Performance 1932, Feb 20
Concert of Karlsruhe composers in Karlsruhe. See below for Original Programme – (1)
Fuchs played piano and shared program with Gustav Luttgers, a composer now quite forgotten.

Review – Resinenze Anzeiger 23 Feb 1932
Translation from German: Mr Richard Fuchs was a new man for us being an architect and a musician besides. But not an amateur in a bad sense. One could be pleasantly surprised by the high degree of musical essence shown in both of the works to be heard. That was indeed music of genuine feeling.

Performance 2007 June 19
Performed at the Hochschule fur Musik, Karlsruhe June 2007 concert
Recording: Karlsruhe concert 2007 recording.




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1931 - Sonnet an Ead - Lieder (click to listen)

for soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano or orchestra

Score and orchestral parts, pencil markings in orchestral parts.

Words: Anton Wildgans

Performance: Not known

Recording: 2011 –  CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 8 sung by Margaret Medlyn.

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1932 - String Quartet in D minor - Chamber music (click to listen)

Performance: 2009, 25 April – By Jade String Quartet.  Miranda Adams, violin, William Hanfling, violin, Robert Ashworth, viola, Claudia Price, cello. (All members of APO) NZ premiere of 1932 String Quartet in D minor.An Evening devoted to the music and life of Richard Fuchs. Raye Freedman Centre, Newmarket, Auckland. Hosted by B’nai B’rith and Beth Shalom in remembrance of the Holocaust and ANZAC Day.

Recording: Recorded 25 April, 2009 at Raye Freedman Centre by Atoll Records. Sponsored by Philip Bradley. CD available on request.

Performance: 1932, 20 Feb -Performance: 1932, 20 Feb – Concert of Karlsruhe composers in Karlsruhe. Fuchs played piano and shared program with Gustav Luttgers, a composer now quite forgotten.

Review – Karlsruhe tagblatt 23 February 1932.  Translation from German: The Musical guests who filled the Hall of Hebel Lodge to the last seat could take part at an interesting and valuable concert. Dr Richard Fuchs is not only an architect of standing but showed himself as a composer of noteworthy degree, which was surprising for the uninitiated. And this in the difficult sphere of chamber music. For as much the works must be acknowledged with genuine admiration, a string quartet proved strong inventive faculty and form and moreover mastership in this style of chamber music.




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1932 - Traum - Lieder (click to listen)

For medium voice and piano

Words: Christian Morgenstern

Performance: Not Known

Recording: 2011 – CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 6 sung by Margaret Medlyn.

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1933 - Piano sketch of the symphony in C Minor - Piano (click for details)

Unfinished.

Performance: Not known

Recording:  Nil

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1933 - Heitere Musik; fur acht Blasinstrumente (click to listen)

Title translation: Cheerful Music For Eight Wind Instruments

Allegretto. Gemutlich Massig Bewegt
Andante Sehr lebhaft
Allegro di molto

Performance: Performed at the Hochschule fur Musik, Karlsruhe June 2007 concert

Recording: Karlsruhe concert recording.

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1933 - Hymnus fur Gott - Lieder (song) for tenor, orchestra and organ. (click to listen)

Alternative title of Chassidisher

Performance:
1934 January 28 – Mannheim Community Orchestra (Instrumentalgemeinschaft) at a concert in the main synagogue of Karlsruhe, among works by Purcell, Mendelssohn, Corelli, Handel as well as Johann Kaspar Ferd and Ferdinand Hiller.
Tenor: Max Lipmann.

Recording: 2011 –  CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 9 sung by Roger Wilson (bass)

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1934 - Hymnus fur Gott - Lieder (song) for tenor arranged for string orchestra. (click for details)

Alternative title of Chassidisher

Performance: Not known

Recording: Nil

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1934 - Drei Lieder fur mittlere Stimme und orchester - Lieder (song) (click for details)

i. Chassidisher Text fur Baritone & orchester
ii. Traum
iii. Sehnen

Pencil markings in orchestral parts, suggests that this was prepared for performance

Performance: 1935 April 4 – Stuttgarter Judische Kunstgemeinschaft. See Original Programme below – (1)

Performance: 1937 December 13 – Karlsruhe. Gesang und Klavier. See Original Programme below – (2)
Alto: Susanne Lowenstein
Piano: Lotte Honig

Recording: Nil

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1935 - Fruhling - Lieder (song) for Soprano and Piano. (click for details)

Words By: Arnold Holz -setting of 3 verses of a poem
(aus Buch der Zeit, Lieder eines Modernen)

Performance: 1935 November 28 Frankfurter Kulturbundes.
See Original Programme below – (1)

Recording: Nil

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1935 - Fruhling - Lieder (song) for Soprano, large orchestra and organ. (click for details)

Orchestral score

Words by: Arnold Holz – setting of 3 verse of a poem
(aus Buch der Zeit, Lieder eines Modernen)

Performance: Not known

Recording: Nil

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1935 - Die Nachtigall - Lieder (song) for tenor and piano (click to listen)

Die Nachtigall – 1935

Performance: 1936 January 9th –  Judische Kulturbund – Karlsruhe. See original programme below – (1)

Recording: 2011 – CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 2 sung by Jenny Wollerman (Soprano)

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1935 - Festtag - Lieder (song) (click to listen)

Words by: Poet, Ludwig Marx. (Duration: 2’35).

Performance: No known performance by Tenor. See Soprano version composed 1937

Recording:Nil

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1935 - Das Kaddish - For tenor (click to listen)

Composed in ‘his Fathers Memory’ 1935

Performance: Sung at Gustav Fuchs’ funeral.
(Richard Fuchs’ father)

Recording: 1937 in a Karlsruhe synagogue
wax recording Tenor – name not known
Organist – Paul Stern

2011 –  CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 10 sung by Richard Greager (Tenor)

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1935 - Gebet des Blinden - Lieder (song) (click to listen)

Words by: Elly Gross English translation: Prayer of a Blind Man

Performance: Not Known

Recording: 2011 – CD “In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs ” – Track 7 sung by Roger Wilson (Bass)

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1936 - Fruhlingsabend - Lieder (song) (click for details)

Words by: Hilde Marx

Performance: Not known

Recording: Nil

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1936 - Symphony in A minor in 4 movements (click for details)

Last movement incomplete

Performance: Not known

Recording: Nil

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1936 - “Vom Judischen Schicksal” (The Jewish Fate) (click to listen)

Also for Piano And Choir

This composition is probably Fuchs’ most significant work and won first prize in a prestigious Jewish Music Competition. The Judges described it as “a heroical composition of verve and strength, sometimes even monumental” . Fuchs received money to have the work performed. This was not cheap as it was a huge piece involving a choir, Wagner horns etc. But even after the scores had been prepared and the program printed, Fuchs was informed by Hans Henkel the Nazi Cultural Minister that the performance was banned and was not even allowed to be played privately. Presumably the offensive aspect of the composition for the Nazis was the words of the German Jewish poet Karl Wolfskehl.

See below for newspaper clipping from The Judishe Rundshau – May 4 1937 – (1)
See below for newspaper clipping from the C.V. Zeitung – May 27 1937 – (2)
See below for Letter from the Judischen Kulturbund informing Fuchs that permission for the performance had been withdrawn. October 28 1937 – (3)

i. Und dennoch, words by Karl Wolfskehl vocal parts (S, A, T, B) and piano
ii. Stimme der Vorzeit, words by Susskind von Trinberg, (Dr. B. Brandt) baritone and piano
iii. Aufbruch, Aufbruch, words by Karl Wolfskehl, mezzo-soprano and choir, piano
iv. Vor Ausfahrt, words by Karl Wolfskehl choir & piano

Also full orchestral parts for above

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1937 - Festtag - Lieder (song) (click to listen)

Words by: Ludwig Marx

Duration: 2’25”

Performance: 2007 June – The Hochschule fur Musik, Karlsruhe. Concert.
Mezzo Soprano:  Amira Elmadea
Piano Accompaniment: Ilonka Heilingloh

2009 April 25 – Raye Freedman Centre in remembrance of the Holocaust and ANZAC Day.
Soprano: Gina Sanders.  http://www.ginasanders.net/ 
Accompaniment: Kay Shacklock

Recordings:

1972 – Correspondence School Studio
Tenor – Gerald Christeller.
Accompanist – Stanley Jackson

2007 – Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe.

2009 – Raye Freedman Centre recorded by Wayne Laird – Atoll Records

2011 –  CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 4 sung by Margaret Medlyn.

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1937 - Erhorung (Granted Redemption) (click to listen)

Words by: Van Biema

Performance:
1937 December 13 – Karlsruhe
Alto: Susanne Lowenstein
Piano: Lotte Honig
See below for original programme – (1)

Recording:
1965 – Sonic Records studio
Soprano: Rosemary Gordon.
Piano: Fritz Steiner

2011 – Available on CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 15 sung by Jenny Wollerman (Soprano)

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1937 - Unterwegs - Lieder (song) for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. (click to listen)

Words by: a setting of a poem by Masha Kaleko

Performance:
1937 December 13 – Karlsruhe
Alto: Susanne Lowenstein
Piano: Lotte Honig
See below for original Programme (1)

Recording:  2011 Available on CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 13 sung by Margaret Medlyn.

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1937 - In Der Fremde - Lieder (song) (click to listen)

Words by: H Heine

Duration: 2’15”

Performance:
2008 August 5 – Government House concert to mark the opening of the Archive.
Soprano: Jenny Wollerman
Piano: Richard Mapp

2009 April 25 – Raye Freedman Centre in remembrance of the Holocaust and ANZAC Day.
Soprano: Gina Sanders.  http://www.ginasanders.net/ 
Accompaniment: Kay Shacklock

Recordings:

1965 – Sonic Records Studio
Soprano: Rosemary Gordon
Piano: Fritz Steiner

1972 – Correspondence School studio.
Tenor: Gerald Christeller.
Piano: Stanley Jackson

2008 – Government House recording produced by Wayne Laird – Atoll Records

2009 – Raye Freedman Centre recording produced by Wayne Laird – Atoll Records

2011 – CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 1 sung by Richard Greager (Tenor)
English version “In A Strange Land” sung by Jenny Wollerman (Track 17)

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1937 - Auf den Tod eines Kindes (On The Death Of A Child) (click to listen)

Duration: 1’40”

Words by: Uhland

Performance:  1937 December 13 – Karlsruhe
Alto: Susanne Lowenstein
Piano: Lotte Honig
See below for original programme – (1)

Performance: 1948 September – Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand
Bass: Todd Duncan (Visiting USA artist) Click here for Autographed photo

Performance: 2007 June 19 at the Hochschule fur Musik, Karlsruhe.
Mezzo Soprano: Amira Elmadea
Piano Accompaniment: Ilonka Heilingloh
Click here for concert details

Performance: 2008 August 5 – Government House concert to mark the opening of the Archive.
Soprano: Jenny Wollerman
Piano: Richard Mapp
Click here for concert details

Performance 2009 April 25 – Raye Freedman Centre in remembrance of the Holocaust and ANZAC Day.
Soprano: Gina Sanders.  http://www.ginasanders.net/ 
Accompaniment: Kay Shacklock

Recordings:
1972 – Correspondence School Studio
Tenor – Gerald Christeller. Accompanist Stanley Jackson
2007 – Hochschule fur Musik, Karlsruhe.
2008 – Government House recording produced by Wayne Laird – Atoll Records.
2009 – Raye Freedman centre recording produced by Wayne Laird – Atoll Records.
2011 – CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 11 sung by Jenny Wollerman

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1938 - A Song for Simeon - Lieder (song) for bass singer, full orchestral score and parts. (click for details)

Words by: T. S. Eliot a setting of a poem

Performance: Not known

Recording: Nil

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1938 - A Song for Simeon - Lieder (song) bass singer and piano score (click to listen)

Words by: T. S. Eliot a setting of a poem

Performance: Not known

Recording: Nil

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1940 - Onward for military band (click for details)

Royal New Zealand Air Force Quick March

Performance: Not known

Recording: Nil

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1940 - I Vow to Thee My Country (click for details)

For mixed choir accompanied by strings

Words by: Sir Cecil Spring-Rice

Performance: Not known

Recording: Nil

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1940 - A New Zealand Christmas (click to listen)

For medium voice and piano – Also arranged for children’s choir

Words by: Eileen Duggan
see below for score for children’s choir arrangement – (1)

Performance: 1954 a Maori Girls’ Choir in Rotorua performed the piece for the Queen’s visit.
see below for newspaper clipping 1954 – (2)

Performance: 1973 – Sung in Wellington Town Hall under Judith Temple White by Combined Anglican Choirs (300 children)

Performance: 1969 Central Hawkes Bay Primary Schools Music Festival.

Recording: NZBC Wellington Town Hall 1973 Combined Anglican Choirs.
2011 CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 16 sung by Margaret Medlyn, Richard Greager, Roger Wilson, Jenny Wollerman.

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1941 - Piano Quintet in D Minor (click to listen)

Performance: 2008 August 5 – Government House concert to mark the opening of the Archive.
Donald Armstong – violin
Richard Mapp – Piano
Cristina Vaszilcsin – violin
Vyvyan Yendoll – viola
Brenton Veitch – cello

Recording:
2008 Government House recording produced by Wayne Laird

1st Movement – 9’12
2nd Movement – 10’38”
3rd Movement  – 5’24”

Total = 25’14”



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1941 - Swallows - Lieder (song) (click to listen)

Words by: Mary Webb

Performance: Not known

Recording: 2011  CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 3 sung by Richard Greager.

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1941 - Song - Lieder (song) (click to listen)

Words by: Rupert Brooke

Performance: Not Known

Recording: 1965 – Correspondence School studio.
Soprano: Rosemary Gordon. Piano: Fritz Steiner

2011 –  CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 5 sung by Roger Wilson (Bass)

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1941 - Blue - Lieder (song) (click to listen)

Words by: Irene McIver

Performance: Not known

Recording: 2011 – CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 12 sung by Richard Greager (Tenor)

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1941 - At the Gate of the Years - Lieder (song) (click for details)

A solemn song for mixed choir, and orchestra, organ ad libidum

Words by: M. Louse Haskins,

Performance: Not known

Recording: Nil

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1942 - Dust - Lieder (song) (click for details)

Words by: Rupert Brooke

Performance: Not known

Recording: Nil

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1944 - Symphony in F minor (click to listen)

One movement

Performance: 2008 – May 9 – NZSO (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra) Wellington Town Hall. “Made In New Zealand” concert.
(World Premiere) Conductor: Kenneth Young.

Recording: Recorded by New Zealand National Radio. Concert FM.

Steven Sedley (Fuchs biographer) writes: Fuchs used the same movement, re-worked as the first movement of the 4 movement symphony of the following year. I understand that Kenneth Young made alterations to this to make it performable. Fuchs of course had never heard the work, and would have probably made such corrections himself had he had the opportunity of hearing the piece.

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1945 - Lament - Lieder (song) (click to listen)

Dedicated to: Molly Atkinson

Words by: Wilfred (sic) Gibson

Performance: Not known

Recording: 2011 – CD: In a Strange Land – the songs of Richard Fuchs. Track 14 sung by Richard Greager.

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1945 - String Quartet in E Major (click to listen)

Performance: 2008 August 5 – Government House concert to mark the opening of the Archive.
Donald Armstong – violin
Richard Mapp – Piano
Cristina Vaszilcsin – violin
Vyvyan Yendoll – viola
Brenton Veitch – cello

Recording: 1994 October – Private recording of Adagio
Donald Armstrong – Violin
Mabel Wong – violin
Phillip Rose – viola
Brigid O Meeghan – cello
Held at the Alexander Turnbull Library Wellington New Zealand

Recording: 2008 Government House recording produced by Wayne Laird

1st Movement – 9’45”
2nd Movement – 8’29”
3rd Movement – 8’58”
Total = 27’20”



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