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Woodwinds – Volume 3
I started composing at age 8 in Niagara Falls, New York, with help from my piano teacher. Later I played the viola and tuba in the school orchestra and band. As a contemporary of Judy Collins,
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez I took up the guitar.
Ignoring where my real interests lay, I sold shoes, dug ditches, planted trees, caught fish, and taught political science and high school history and English.
On Vancouver Island I sang musical theatre and joined a number of choruses. (Men who can actually read notes are always in demand). While I was losing money trying to run a music store in Courtenay, B.C., I took up composing more seriously since I had a lot of time between customers. I sang country and folk music in half a dozen very remote bars.
I moved to Hungary in 1990 to teach English at a forestry college and started composing more with the help of a colleague who introduced me to computer music writing programs.
We had a flute gathering dust in the living room so I asked my wife what to do with my two hands and downloaded a fingering chart. I like writing for brass, and strings, but woodwinds are my present infatuation. There are interesting problems on when to double two instruments on a note and which note to leave out of complex chords.
My next challenge is full orchestration. All the music is on Shakespir and much of it is on youtube:
Dr. Richard von Fuchs
Original compositions of music for woodwinds, and arrangements of the music of J.S. Bach, Debussy, Grieg, Schubert, and an anonymous composer found in a book of guitar music. Sally Garden is an original woodwind arrangement of a song with lyrics by W.B. Yeats and music by Herbert Hughes. Many require a flute, an oboe, a clarinet, and a bassoon. A few require a second clarinet and or a second bassoon. Some arrangements also have a violin and cello. There are also 3 flute duets and a cello-flute duet. The earlier two volumes are in use in a music school in Austria because these compositions are suitable for children to play.