Aus der Heimat (Festspiel), Op. 39a
Composed by Franz and Carl Doppler
for Two Flutes and Piano
Edited by Andras Adorjan
Pubished by Edition Svitzer
Duration: ca. 15 minutes
Includes score and flute parts
Franz (1821-1883) and Carl (1825-1900) Doppler were among the best-known musicians of their time. They were both born in Lemberg but lived from 1838 in Hungary. They started their solo career in 1852 as a remarkable flute duo, playing jointly composed pieces. In 1858 Franz was appointed first flute and ballet conductor at the Vienna Hofoper, and in 1865 he also became a professor for flute at the Vienna Conservatory. In 1865 Carl was named music director at the Stuttgart Opera, where he stayed for more than thirty years as a popular Hofkapellmeister. Besides their flute music, which they had written jointly in their youth, both brothers left independently composed operas, stage and ballet music, which were played with great success for many years, but are entirely forgotten and remain unknown to this day.
Apart from his annual obligation to compose a ballet or stage music Franz was required to deliver music for performances on special occasions. Such an occasion was the silver wedding anniversary of the imperial couple Franz Joseph and Elisabeth (Sisi) in 1879, for which he composed the musical performance Aus der Heimat, opus 39. This is neither a ballet nor an opera, but refers to so called “tableaux vivants“, which were very popular and in which scenes from the life in the Crown Lands of the Monarchy were displayed, with national songs and with characteristic dances from each country. This musical performance “From the Homeland” was so successful, that it was given more than 50 times at the Hofoper between 1879 and 1881. A piano reduction by the composer was published immediately in 1879 by J. Gutmann in Vienna; and it was soon followed by several arrangements for various instruments. As no arrangement for flute(s) and piano by the composer himself has yet been found, the present version for two flutes and piano, opus 39a has been reconstructed and adapted strictly in accordance with the authentic piano reduction by Jan Philp Schulze.
– Andras Adorjan
Munich, in December 2018