Richard von Fuchs


Dr. Richard von Fuchs was born in St. Louis, grew up in Niagara Falls, New York. He graduated from the University of Colorado and the University of Rhode Island, and much later from the University of Vienna. After teaching high school in Rhode Island and Ontario, he settled on Vancouver Island in 1971. The BC NDP (social democrats) hired him as an organizer and he became a Canadian citizen.
He had walk-on parts as a fisherman, tree planter, a radio and TV news announcer, including CBC Prince Rupert, retail music store owner and piano tuner. The habit of door knocking in political campaigns led to several years as a door to door salesman.
He trod the boards in amateur theatre and musicals in Courtenay, B.C in the 1970s, and then sang in some Folk Festivals and isolated bars. Twice went to Japan to teach English.
His former wife, Betty, took excellent care of him.

In 1990 he moved to Western Hungary to teach English at a forestry college and earned a PhD at the University of Vienna. Abandoning 33 years of atheism, he returned to the Lutheran church, and became a church janitor in Scarsdale, New York for 18 months, while teaching at Iona College. He was a Green party candidate in Ontario in 2OO3.
Returning to Europe, he was employed at the University of West Hungary until 2014, settled in a bourgeois suburb of Sopron, Hungary. He has a Hungarian wife, Etelka, and a son Maximilian, born in 1996.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Wood River Illinois and Niagara Falls, New York, finishing high school in Belmont, Mass.
Niagara Falls schools had an excellent music education program, now under attack in both the U.S. and Canada.
When did you first start writing?
I started composing about 1951 encouraged by my piano teacher. I got serious about composing after 1985 when I had a music store and too much time on my hands. I started using a music writing program and organizing my work after a stroke in 2007.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Richard von Fuchs online


Music for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Woodwinds Volume 4
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Chamber
12 woodwind original pieces,with individual parts. There is an interesting variety of musical styles spanning several centuries. The music is not too difficult for hobby players.
Music for String Quartet for 2 Violins, Viola, and Violin Cello Volume II
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 610. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Instrument - Strings
12 string quartets, many based on music stemming from folk songs, and 6 are arrangements of compositions for piano.
Music for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet Woodwinds vol. 3
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Instrument - Woodwinds
Original compositions of woodwind music, and original woodwind arrangements of other music in the public domain.
Music for String Quartet
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 590. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Instrument - Strings
12 original string quartets or duets. They are for two violins, viola and cello plus individual parts.
Choral Music
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 650. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Choral
Original choral compositions of choral music and original arrangements of music in the public domain.
Dr. Richard von Fuchs Music for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet Woodwinds vol. 2.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 550. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Alternative
original music for woodwinds by Richard von Fuchs suitable for amateur or professional players
Dr. Richard von Fuchs Music for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet Woodwinds vol. 1.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 550. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Chamber
Woodwind music by Richard von Fuchs Suitable for professional and amateur players.
Brass Music Volume 2
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 580. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Classical
Brass music by Richard von Fuchs This is designed for students and professionals.
Dr. Richard von Fuchs Music for Tuba, Trombone, Trumpet and French Horn Brass vol. 1.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 570. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Classical
This is the first of two volumes of brass music by Richard von Fuchs.
The Later PIano Works: Richard von Fuchs
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 1,750. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Individual Composer & Musician
Original piano works including songs in Hungarian and German
My Top 40 Songs
Price: $9.00 USD. Words: 10. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Instrument - Guitar
My Top 40 Songs was inspired by my fear of death when I was hospitalized for a stroke. Until then they had been typed lyrics with chords penned above, or written on music paper in pencil or pen. Most had wine stains on them. It is simply the indecent outpouring of my Sturm und Drang of my life. Only the humorous song in Japanese was left out.
Soapy Cleans Up: A Case Study in the Functioning of Capitalism in the Canadian Hinterland
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Essay » Political, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Let a foreign company replace your local industry and you will pay more to get less.
The Case of the Broken Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,300. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014. Categories: Plays » Canadian, Plays » Religious & Liturgical
A smooth talking American evangelist is building a church in a small town outside Vancouver and drops dead in the middle of a sermon. Many people who know and serve him have a motive to kill him. Was it murder or heart disease?
The Man Who Wanted to Come to Dinner
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Categories: Plays » Canadian
(5.00 from 1 review)
We see the wretched of the earth on TV. What if they could come into our comfortable living rooms and demand a more just distribution of food? In this play a group of New Age friends are trying to reach higher consciousness when a hungry man from the Third World arrives.
Heaven Is Being Here Now
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 115,310. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
Failing at careers and marriage, Helmut von Kampen starts a New Age church in British Columbia to cash in on the spiritual disorientation of the West Coast. He attracts masses of discontent people but the organization grows out of his control.
War as an Election Issue
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,890. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2010. Categories: Essay » Political
In 1964, President Johnson promised the electorate that he would not go to war; then shortly after his re-election he vigorously escalated the modest American effort in Vietnam into a major war. Do the voters in a democracy make significant policy decisions. President Bush invaded Iraq without the electorate's approval.
Little Red Riding Hood - A Musical for Children
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 330. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2009. Categories: Screenplays » Musical
This is an opera telling the well known fairy tale with humorous modern asides. It explores common family problems, questioning authority, care for elderly relatives while meeting G.B. Shaw's primary goal for drama, to entertain. The original music will someday sound in elevators and shopping centers.
Treasure The Moment
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 73,060. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This is a story about alternatives and escaping the rat race.

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