This lecture, entitled "The Doppler Effect", shows how the flute as an orchestral instrument became the
most popular wind instrument in the second part of the 20th century.
During the preparation process of my Parallel Lives recital many friends and colleagues advised
me to make an introduction to the whole program.
It was rather a musical journey for me back into our history, discovering the roots of the Hungarian
Flute School from the Doppler brothers in the middle of the 19th century, to the first printed
Hungarian flute school written by the great German flute virtuoso, Adolph Burose, at the very
beginning of the 20th century, and more.
Concerning the composers at the time, mostly on the German speaking territories, we can say
that unfortunately those who wrote the bulk of the pieces in the symphonic repertoire did only
rather rarely, if at all, compose either solo or chamber pieces for the flute. As these composers
were mainly working in the Habsburg Empire, and then its successor, the Austro-Hungarian
Monarchy, and Germany and Russia, we can state that these pieces, without any exceptions,
were composed for conical bore flutes or simple system flutes, as they are collectively called.
At the same time, this was also the period of the greatest reform in the history of flutes, which
obviously contributed to the contradictory reputation of the flute as a solo instrument.
Szabolcs Szilágyi - Flutist
The Parallel Lives Recital will take place today during the Lunch Break concert