Franz von Suppe (April 18, 1819 – May 21, 1895) was an Austrian composer of light operas who was born in what is now Croatia during the time his father was working in this outpost of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A composer and conductor of the Romantic period, he is notable for his four dozen operettas.
Two of Suppe’s comic operas – Boccaccio and Donna Juanita – have been performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but failed to become repertoire works. He composed about 30 operettas and 180 farces, ballets, and other stage works.
As one of the best-loved classics of all time, this adaptation for common percussion instruments of Franz von Suppe’s famous overture features the “horn call” maestoso, the exciting allegro, and the horse-trot allegretto brillante in 6/8 time. Because of its high energy and dramatic flair, it’s the perfect program opener or closer. Duration 3:35
Light Cavalry Overture is the overture to Franz von Suppé’s operetta Light Cavalry, premiered in Vienna in 1866. Although the operetta is rarely performed or recorded, the overture is one of Suppé's most popular compositions, and has achieved a quite distinct life of its own, divorced from the opera of which it originally formed a...