Composed by Franz Doppler (1821-1883)
for Flute and Piano
Edited by Andras Adorjan
Published by Edition Svitzer
Includes score and flute part
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.
This Grande Fantaisie for flute and piano is an early work of Franz Doppler, still without all'ongarese elements and may have been written around 1850, before he had started to have his compositions published by Schott, Spina, Cranz, Ricordi and Andre in about 1858. As in the main source for this edition (a contemporary print, H. Engel, Vienna ca. 1850) all the interludes have the indication tutti, it must have been intended for performance with orchestra accompaniment as well.
The fantasy opens with a slow introduction, followed by a theme and a couple of variations. The source of the theme is not revealed by Doppler, however it bears close resemblance to the song “An Alexis send' ich Dich” by Friedrich Heinrich Himmel as well as to the Andante (favori) in f-major for Piano, WoO 57 by Beethoven. Both of them were very popular and often used for impovisations and variations at that time. In the final part a Bolero is featured, like in many contemporary works such as Franz Doppler's own Casilda-Fantaisie, Francois Borne's Carmen-Fantaisie and Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner's Andante, Variationen und Bolero. This last piece by Lindpaintner Franz had known since his childhood and had played it in 1834 at the age of 12 at his debut in Vienna. Lindpaintner's piece has an almost identical musical construction as Doppler's Grande Fantaisie and makes similar technical demands on the performer.
The Grande Fantaisie is dedicated to Jacques (Jakob) Lackenbacher (1803-1880), a hungarian born viennese industrialist.