Suppé (1819-1895)
Franz von Suppé was born on April 18, 1819, in Spalato, now Split in modern Croatia. He had his first music lessons and began to compose at an early age, and his musical support came from a local bandmaster and a choirmaster. He studied flute and harmony before going to Italy at 16 years of age to read law, but he continued to study music - he was also a good singer.
He subsequently moved to Vienna to continue his studies, where he had the opportunity to conduct as well as compose. Today he is best known for his overtures e.g. Poet and Peasant, Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna, Light Cavalry, Pique Dame, and snipets of most of these have found their way into cartoons like Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse and Popeye.