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(1821 - 1883)

Franz and Karl Doppler were both born in Lemberg (the modern Lvov, in Ukraine), Franz in 1821, Karl in 1825. Their father, a composer and oboist at the Warsaw Opera, gave them a strong musical foundation. Franz made his début in Vienna at the age of thirteen, before appearing in a duo with his brother. In 1838 he was principal flute in the German theatre in Pest and three years later took a similar position at the Hungarian National Theatre. It was at this period that he made his début as a composer, writing several operas and contributing, with Ferenc Erkel, to the birth of national Hungarian music.

With Erkel and his brother Karl he took part in 1853 in the establishment of the first Hungarian symphony orchestra. The two brothers took up again their concert tours, appearing in Weimar, where they met Liszt, and in 1856 in London, together with Karl Hubay, father of the famous violinist Jenő Hubay. They remained skilled performers on the French Tulou system keyed flute.

Franz settled in Vienna in 1858 as principal flute at the Court Opera. He became a conductor and, from 1865, taught at the Vienna Conservatory. He also orchestrated some of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies.

The Dopplers’ compositions, sometimes written together, reflect the tastes of the period. They made great use of Hungarian themes, whether in Variations sur un air hongrois or Fantaisie sur des motifs hongrois, or in the famous Fantaisie pastorale hongroise, a fine piece akin in spirit to Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies. Transcriptions and pot-pourris on melodies from operas were highly prized by the public, forms to which Liszt, Glinka and many other composers contributed.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Cafe au lait BIS
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - DOPPLER, F. / KUHLAU, F. / MOZART, W.A. / BOHM, T. / HUGUES, L. (Romantic Music for 2 Flutes and Piano) Delos
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - DOPPLER, F. / PAGANINI, N. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix (Souvenirs - Musiktage with Ruden Turku & Friends) Oehms Classics
Chamber Music
DOPPLER, F. / DOPPLER, K.: Music for Flutes and Orchestra Naxos
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
DOPPLER, F. and K.: Flute Music (Complete), Vol. 1 (Arimany) Capriccio
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Concertos
DOPPLER, Franz / Karl: Complete Music for Flutes and Piano BIS
Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Flute and Orchestral Arrangements - BORNE, F. / DOPPLER, F. / BRICCIALDI, G. (Balint, Kovacs, Budapest Strings) Capriccio
Flute and String Orchestra Arrangements - BRAHMS, J. / PORUMBESCU, C. / ENESCU, G. / DOPPLER, F. / BARTOK , B. (Nagy, I.-Z., Budapest Strings) Capriccio
Chamber Music
Flute Recital: Dufour, Mathieu - FAURE, G. / GAUBERT, P. / HUE, G. / DOPPLER, F. / TAFFANEL, P. / BORNE, F. (Fantaisie) Cedille
Chamber Music
Flute Recital: Trevisani, Raffaele - DONIZETTI, G. / SARASATE, P. / BOEHM, T. / MASSENET, J. / DOPPLER, F. / BORNE, F. (The Virtuoso Flute) Delos
Chamber Music
MOSONYI: Opera Transcriptions Marco Polo
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music

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