Franz von Suppé (1819-1895) was born Francesco de Suppe-Demelli. His early years were spent in Croatia (he was born in Split) after which he had a brief stint as a law student in Padua. While in Italy he met Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi. Following the death of his father in 1835, his mother whisked him away to her hometown of Vienna and it was there that his career in music took off. He wrote a vast quantity of music for the stage, mostly operettas. These include Light Cavalry,Flotte Bursche, and Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna. He also wrote parodies of famous operas, including Martl (a parody of Flotow’s Martha) and the Wagner parodies Tannenhäuser and Lohengelb. One of his orchestral works is a concert overture based upon Dalmatian folk songs, an affectionate tribute to the land of his birth.

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