October 2020

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Dorothea Seel opens up a completely new perspective in this fundamental work

on flute music of the 19th century from Beethoven to Mahler. On the basis of a

representative selection of solo, chamber and orchestral literature, it illustrates the

specific conditions in the music centers of Europe with regard to

Instruments, performers and sound aesthetics. Based on a meticulous

evaluation of historical sources Seel designs a richly differentiated musical

Map of a sound art that has been lost today.


Award of Excellence 2018 for this publication

Folgenden Institutionen sei für die Ermöglichung dieser Publikation herzlich gedankt:

Stadt Graz, Kultur und Wissenschaft

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Gesellschaft der Freunde der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Hinker-Fonds

Land Steiermark, Referat Wissenschaft und Forschung

April 2020

Very happy to announce our new CD "Fascination Opera" with Christoph Hammer as my partner on the fortepiano! The official date of release will be April 17, 2020.

The repertoire on this new CD is quite unusual, but puts the spotlight on an important part of 19th-century music performance: the fantasy on famous opera themes.


A broad selection of tunes from well-known operas are featured in highly virtuoso contemporary arrangements of the romantic era and form an impressive picture of the performance practice of that time.


For this recording I use three original 19th century flutes and Christoph plays on an original fortepiano by Conrad Graf.

In order to reproduce the sound world of the 19th century in the best possible way, we also feature a variety of special techniques such as muted tones and different types of vibrato on the flute, as well as special colours on the fortepiano as provided by the different register pedals.

A comprehensive booklet provides insight into the history of the genre and its practice.

© 2020 by Dorothea Seel