Franz (von) Suppé

Austrian Born 18 Apr 1819 Died 21 May 1895

Born in Spalato, Dalmatia, of Belgian descent, Suppé composed from an early age, presenting a mass for performance at the age of 15. Under instruction from his father he began studying philosophy in Padua, managing to take music lessons there also. After his father’s death, Suppé and his mother moved to Vienna, where he entered the Conservatoire. On graduating he conducted in the theatres of Baden and Pressburg, and from 1845 to 1862 worked at the Theater an der Wien. Further theatrical appointments followed, at the Kaitheater between 1862 and 1865 and subsequently at the Carl theatre. He composed light operettas throughout his life, largely in the manner of Offenbach and frequently incorporating popular elements. His most famed work is the overture to Dichter und Bauer (1846), which is still frequently performed.

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