Franz von Suppe

Franz von SuppeFranz von Suppe whose complete name was Francesco Ezekiale Ermenegildo Cavaliere Suppe Demelli, was born at Spalato, or aboard ship near it, April 18, 1820, and died May 21, 1895.

He played the flute at his eleventh year, studied harmony when he was thirteen, and produced a mass in his fifteenth year.

In spite of this musical ability, his father was opposed to his following a musical career, and sent him to the University of Padua.

Suppe continued to study music, however, and progressed rapidly.

When the death of his father occurred, he joined his mother in Vienna, and after dividing his efforts between practicing medicine, teaching Italian, and following his musical bent, he finally confined himself to the last named career, and accepted an honorary post as conductor at a Vienna theater.

Similar but more profitable posts were obtained at Pressburg and Baden, but Suppe finally returned to Vienna, and in 1865 became conductor of the Leopoldstadt Theater, where he remained until his death.

As a composer he produced a very large number of light operas, farces and other similar works.

Authorities differ as to the exact number of his works, but they include at least two grand operas, and many of them achieved tremendous success.

His operetta, Fatinitza, was heard in America, but Suppe is best known by his overtures, Poet and Peasant, etc.