Fuchs was one of those original, down-to-earth musical personalities with which Austria in particular has been blessed. He was born on 15 February, 1847, in Frauenthal in Steiermark as the thirteenth child of a schoolteacher.
He was head of the Orchestra Association of the Society of Friends of Music (from 1875 organist at the Hofkapelle (court chapel) (18941905) and teacher (from 1886, professor) of harmony, and later also general theory and counterpoint at the Conservatory (18751912). Brahms, however, seemed to have forgotten the fact that in 1868 at the Vienna Conservatoire the difficult decision had to be made as to whether Fuchs should be win a prize for his composing abilities or for his piano-playing, since he showed outstanding flair in both. How could it be that a composer who once enjoyed such high esteem could be so dramatically forgotten? The fact that his works were written at the time of the transition from the late-Romantic period to the modern era is not an adequate explanation by itself.