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FRANZ VON SUPPE  

(1819 - 1895)

The composer Franz von Suppé, the possessor of an imposing string of names and titles as Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere Suppé Demelli, was born in the Dalmatian town of Spalato (the modern Split) in 1819. His father, a civil servant in the service of the Austrian Empire like his father before him, was of remoter Belgian origin, his mother Viennese by birth. Suppé made his career chiefly in Vienna. As a boy he had no encouragement in music from his father, but was helped by a local bandmaster and by the Spalato cathedral choirmaster. His Missa dalmatica dates from this early period. Following his father’s wishes, he studied law in Padua, while pursuing his musical interests privately, particularly during visits to Milan, where he heard operas by Rossini, Donizetti and the young Verdi and met the composers. The death of his father in 1835 led to removal with his mother to Vienna, to the home of her parents.

In Vienna Suppé attempted courses at the Polytechnic and at the University School of Medicine, before deciding on music as a profession. He now took lessons from Ignaz von Seyfried and Simon Sechter, representatives of an earlier age of Viennese classicism, paying his way by giving Italian lessons, and in 1840 started unpaid work as a theatre conductor at the Theater in der Josefstadt, then under Franz Pokorný, who was also associated with theatres in Baden, Ödenburg (now Sopron) and Pressburg (the modern Bratislava), spending the years from 1842 to 1844 in the last of these. His first stage success came in 1841 with the comedy with songs Jung lustig, im Alter traurig oder Die Folgen der Erziehung (‘Happy in Youth, Sad in Old Age or The Consequences of Education’). Earlier Italian operas, Virginia in 1837 and Gertrude della valle composed in 1841 and shown to his visiting distant kinsman Donizetti, remained unperformed, but from 1844 he was entrusted also with the direction of Italian operas. These years were busy, allowing him to write a number of scores for the Josefstadt Theater and the other theatres, to conduct, and, in Ödenburg in 1842, to appear as a singer, taking the part of Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. In 1845 he moved to the Theater an der Wien, Emanuel Schikaneder’s old theatre, now acquired by Pokorný. Here he remained for the next seventeen years, working at first with Lortzing and, after 1848, with Adolf Müller. These years saw the composition of a number of successful theatre pieces, Singspiel, operas and plays with songs, as well as a Requiem for Franz Pokorný in 1855.

It was in 1860, with his two-act operetta Das Pensionat for Pokorný’s son Alois, that Suppé first embarked on the genre of Viennese operetta at the Theater an der Wien. Two years later, with Alois Pokorný’s bankruptcy, he became conductor at the Kaitheater, later destroyed by fire, moving then to the Carltheater with the actor-manager Carl Treumann. It was here above all that he established his reputation as a composer of light opera, from Das Corps der Rache (‘The Revenge Corps’) in 1864 to Das Modell, left incomplete at his death in 1895, but staged in the same theatre six months later in a version finished by others. Suppé had retired from the theatre in 1882, his unassailable position in the world of Viennese operetta recognized the previous year by the freedom of the city.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
101 GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS, Vol. 10 Naxos
8.551150
Orchestral
A TO Z OF CONDUCTORS Naxos Educational
8.558087-90
Orchestral
BEST OF AMADIS (THE), VOL. 1 Amadis
7801
Orchestral
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA AT CARNEGIE HALL (THE) (Welser-Most, 2006) (NTSC) EuroArts
2056578
Classical Concert
FAMOUS AUSTRIAN COMPOSERS - STRAUSS / MOZART, W.A. / SCHUBERT, F. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / HAYDN, F.J. / HAYDN, M. / ALBRECHTSBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C49370
Orchestral
FAMOUS MARCHES Naxos
8.571074
Orchestral
FAMOUS OPERETTA OVERTURES Naxos
8.550468
Orchestral
FAMOUS OVERTURES Naxos
8.553627
Orchestral
GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS 10 (Australia) Naxos
8.570045
Orchestral
KARAJAN, Herbert von: Philharmonia Pop Concert (1953-1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80003
Orchestral
Majestic Marches Naxos
8.550370
Orchestral
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - GERMANY (Majestic Marches): A Musical Visit to Kulmbach and the Tin Soldier Museum (NTSC) Naxos
2.110305
Classical Concert
NATIONAL CONCERT BAND OF AMERICA: Heritage of the March, Vol. 70 (The Music of Orsomando and Others) The Robert Hoe Collection
75442203692
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
NEW YEAR'S CONCERT: Swedish Chamber Orchestra Naxos
8.557217
Orchestral
OFFENBACH, J. / STRAUSS II, J. / SUPPE, F. von: Famous Operetta Overtures Amadis
7076
Orchestral
Operetta Overtures (Famous) Naxos
8.550089
Orchestral
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue No. 4: Toon Time Naxos
8.578011-12
Orchestral
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos
8.503204
Orchestral
PARRIS ISLAND MARINE BAND: Passion and Dedication Altissimo
75442262132
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: From Fife and Drum (Marine Band Recordings, 1890-1988) Altissimo
75442260902
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Overtures, Vol. 2 Altissimo
75442270992
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 1 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442263002
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 15 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262822
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 21 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Salon Orchestra Favourites, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.557048
Chamber Music
SPRING IN VIENNA - STRAUSS II, J., / LEHAR, F. / STOLZ, R. / KREISLER, F. / SUPPE, F. von Capriccio
C49152-1
Orchestral
SUPPE, F. von: Beautiful Galatea (The) [Operetta] Capriccio
C60134
Operetta
SUPPE, F. von: Overtures (Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Sandor) Capriole
CA15611
Orchestral
SUPPE: Famous Overtures Naxos
8.553935
Orchestral
SUPPE: Marches / Waltzes / Polkas Marco Polo
8.223864
Orchestral
SUPPE: Overtures, Vol. 1 Marco Polo
8.223647
Orchestral
SUPPE: Overtures, Vol. 2 Marco Polo
8.223648
Orchestral
SUPPE: Overtures, Vol. 3 Marco Polo
8.223683
Orchestral
SUPPE: Overtures, Vol. 4 Marco Polo
8.223730
Orchestral
SUPPE: Overtures, Vol. 5 Marco Polo
8.223863
Orchestral
SUPPE: Overtures, Vol. 6 Marco Polo
8.223865
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN GATE: Good Ol' Days (The) Altissimo
75442270532
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST: War and Remembrance Altissimo
75442271052
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Best of Altissimo
75442259902
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Overtures Altissimo
75442260172
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Golden Age of the Concert Band (The) Altissimo
75442261762
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Best of Altissimo
75442259972
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Great Orchestral Transcriptions for Band Altissimo
75442259852
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Light Cavalry Overture and other War Horses Altissimo
75442270112
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Overtures and Finales Altissimo
75442270182
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Viennese Favourites, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553281
Orchestral
Viennese Favourites, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553282
Orchestral
VIENNESE NIGHT AT THE PROMS (Furst, Loughran, Susskind) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5026
Classical Concert
VIENNESE OPERETTA GEMS (1927-1949) Naxos Historical
8.110292
Operetta
Vocal Recital: Streich, Rita - STRAUSS, Josef / SAINT-SAENS, C. / VERDI, G. / GODARD, B. / DVORAK, A. / CZERNIK, W. (Waltzes and Arias) Newton Classics
NC8802069
Operetta
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1994 - A Night of Dances and Rhapsodies (Rudy, Jansons) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107155
Classical Concert




 
 
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