Duettino on American National Songs, Op. 37
Composed by Franz Dobbler (1821-1883)
For Flute, Violin, and Piano
Eidted by Stephanie Jutt
Violin part edited by Carmit Zori
Published by International Music Co.
Includes flute part, violin part, and piano score
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Franz Doppler (1821-1883), one of the most celebrated and performed composers of flute music in the standard repertoire, was born in Poland during the Austrian Empire in an area that is now part of the Ukraine. His numerous compositions for flute were only part of his musical life, as he was a brilliant orchestrator, composed seven operas and fifteen ballets, all of which were very popular in his lifetime. Franz Doppler was the Professor of Flute at the Vienna Conservatoire and became the chief conductor at the Vienna Court Opera, the first flutist to ever hold that position. His duo with his flutist brother Karl Doppler toured throughout Europe and performed the many works that Franz wrote for the two of them to play. One of those pieces, a true “novelty piece” in the most charming setting, is the “Duettino Americain” for flute duo or flute and violin, with piano. It features melodies that Franz felt were the “most American” from the popular songs of the day, and audiences today will still be amused and delighted with its virtuoso salon music style.
The career of Franz Doppler coincided with the creation of Theobald Boehm's new fingering system for the flute, the mechanical system that we continuo to use today. The Boehm flute, with its ability to play difficult passagework with ease, its improved powers of projection through the use of metal tubing, such as silver, tin, and other metals, made the career of Franz Doppler even more exciting and important. Flutists today owe a huge debt of gratitude to this wonderful, prolific composer, whose charming and stylish compositions are just as irresistible today as they were in the era in which they were written.
— Stephanie Jutt (August 2017)