Notes & Reviews:
Franz Schubert's variations for flute and piano in the song "Trockne Blumen" from Die schöne Mullerin is considered the most important flute work of the Romantic period. Flutist Ulf-Dieter Schaaff, who lives in Berlin and teaches in Weimar, has found additional literature for flute and piano within the Vienna cosmos. His "Airmail from Vienna" compilation is a success: highly virtuosic and lyrical, classical and modern, atonal and jazzy.
Without air, there is no flute. Franz Schubert, Ernst Krenek, Friedrich Cerha and Paul Amadeus Pisk, all born in Vienna, send their airmail directly from their homeland, while Franz Doppler was a co-founder of the Vienna Philharmonic and 1st flutist for the Vienna Court Opera.
Since 1995, Ulf-Dieter Schaaf has been the solo flutist of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin.