Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741)
Johann Joseph Fux was an Austrian composer, music theorist, organist to three emperors at the Imperial Court in Vienna, and important pedagogue during the late baroque period (1660-1741). He is most well known as the author of a treatise on counterpoint entitled Gradus ad Parnassum. Fux composed sacred music, instrumental pieces, oratorios, and a few operas.
Emilia’s aria is from an opera by Fux entitled Julo Ascanio. In this recording it is sung by Radu Marian who is a “natural castrato.” His voice did not break during puberty, so what you hear in this recording is his natural singing voice.