Franz and Karl Doppler Rigoletto Fantasie for two Flutes and Piano-Emmanuel Pahud
Franz and Karl Doppler Rigoletto Fantasie for two Flutes and Piano
This piece begins with a beautiful and recognisable melody which shows off the virtuosic capabilities of both flautists.
Esteemed flautist, Emmanuel Pahud presents his favourite repertoire including this duet, as part of the Universal Publishing ‘Flute Collection Series’. Pahud is a Franco-Swiss flute player based in Berlin, renowned for his baroque and also Classical flute repertory.
Composer and virtuoso flautist, Albert Franz Doppler (1821-1883) was born in Poland. He wrote an array of ballet and operatic works but was best known for his flute music.
In 1828, Franz Doppler began studying the flute with his father, Joseph Doppler and later formed a flute duo with his younger brother Karl. The Doppler brothers proceeded to tour Europe as a flute duo for many years, performing a number of their own arrangements which proved popular with audiences. Both brothers became members of the Orchestra of the German Theatre, Budapest.
Alongside their touring, they also founded the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra. Franz Doppler was the Principal flautist at the opera in Budapest and deputy conductor. He then became chief conductor of the Vienna Court Opera as well as Professor of Flute and the Vienna Conservatoire.
Franz Doppler composed an array of popular virtuosic pieces for flute including flute duets, concertos and showpieces. Many of his works include Russian and Hungarian elements as well as operatic themes.
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