Suppe, Franz von (1819 – 1895)

Two of Suppé’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. Although the bulk of Suppé’s operas have sunk into relative obscurity, the overtures – particularly Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant, 1846) and Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry, 1866) – have survived and some of them have been used in all sorts of soundtracks for films, cartoons, advertisements, and so on, in addition to being frequently played at symphonic “pops” concerts. Some of Suppé’s operas are still regularly performed in Europe; Peter Branscombe, writing in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, characterizes Suppé’s song “Das ist mein Österreich” as “Austria’s second national song”.

After retiring from conducting, Suppé continued to write operas, but shifted his focus to sacred music. He wrote a Requiem for theatre director Franz Pokorny (now very rarely performed; it premiered on 22 November 1855, during the memorial service for Pokorny); an oratorio, Extremum Judicum; three masses, among them the Missa Dalmatica; songs; symphonies; and concert overtures. (source: Wikipedia)


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Poet and Peasant Overture
BB BE 121101 – $55.00
7′ 50″ – advanced

Suppé wrote numerous operettas and three full operas, as well as symphonies and a requiem, but Dichter und Bauer, along with just a handful of his other overtures, is the only music of his still regularly performed in this country (a few of Suppé’s operettas do continue to be staged in Europe).

arranged by Michael Allen for (423.11) E flat Trumpet, 2 B flat Trumpets (one doubling Piccolo), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba