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Shepherd's Tune


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“Typical Doppler”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - chrish@justflutes.com

This is typical Doppler. There is a slow introduction in a minor key with florid writing for the soprano and the flutes, followed by a major Allegretto section. All the tunes are based on Hungarian folk music. The writing is not as difficult as is generally found in these types of pieces because although there is some dovetailing between the players, the vocal part looks exactly like a flute part. In fact this would probably work very well with three flutes and piano.

From the Publisher

The flute solos and duets by the brothers Karl and Franz Doppler still form part of flutists' standard repertoire to this day (and thus also of the Musica Rara repertoire). Peter Thalheimer discovered the unknown vocal piece "Pástorhangok" (Shepherd's Tune) in the estate of the Doppler family. His first edition satisfies all source-critical requirements. To make the work easier to perform, an easily singable German translation was supplied to the original Hungarian text. The piano accompaniment was originally conceived for a hybrid instrument that combined the piano and the physharmonica - a rarity that no doubt only few performers could come up with today.
Difficulty guide: 7-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Voice - Soprano
  • Part 2: Flute
  • Part 3: Flute
  • Part 4: Piano
Category: Music for Flute and Soprano Voice
Publisher: Musica Rara
Publisher's reference: MR2276
Our Stock Code: 973281
Media Type: Paperback