Aus der Heimat for Two Flutes and Piano
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This is a such a great piece! The translation of the title is 'From the Homeland' so here is a selection of the folk dances that are so characteristic of Franz Doppler's music. A slow introduction leads into a Landler from Austria, a Lebhaft from the Tirol, and music from Dalmatia and Croatia. Slovakia follows, then a Bohemian polka, a mazurka from Poland and a virtuoso Hungarian czardas. Unusally the piece ends with a stately Langsam Apotheosis. The two flutes pass all the material between them, the rhythms, melodies and counter melodies sweeping across the range of both instruments in familiar style all supported by a sturdy accompaniment. This is a reconstruction of a piano piece but none the worse for that. You'll love it!
From the Publisher
Franz Doppler (1821-1883) composed his Festspiel „Aus der Heimat“, opus 39 for the silver wedding anniversary of the imperial couple Franz Joseph and Elisabeth in 1879. It was so successful, that it was given more than 50 times at the Hofoper in Vienna between 1879 and 1881. A piano reduction by the composer was published immediately in 1879 by J. Gutmann; 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 Philip Schulze.
Performance duration (approx): 15'
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).