Kapellmeister at the Hapsburg court, Fux's legacy rests upon his highly influential composition manual Gradus ad Parnassum.We hope that our publications reveal him to be more than a stuffy old contrapuntalist!
Fux's setting of Psalm 84, Verse 2, Benedixisti, Domine, terram tuam, would have been heard after the Credo of a Viennese mass in the early 18th century. These settings of the Proper of the Mass were popular throughout the period. In spite of the contrapuntal skill for which the composer was justly celebrated being very much in evidence, Fux's gift for conveying the sentiment of the texts ensures that these pieces retain a very human quality.Edited by Brian Clark.8pp.Scoring: SATB without instruments or continuo.
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Setting verses 2 and 3 of Psalm 79, this four-part gradual was intended for performace within the context of a full mass (after the Gloria), where its a cappella simplicity would have contrasted dramatically with the rich sounds of a Viennese orchestra.Edited by Brian Clark.8pp.Scoring: SATB without instruments or continuo.