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Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere di Suppé-Demelli

This is from the Vienna’s Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2013 New Year’s concert. I intended to post it yesterday, but never got around to it. The conductor is Franz Welser-Möst.

The “Light Cavalry Overture” was written by a man who puts Bronson Kiheimahanaomauiakeo Sardinha to shame: Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere di Suppé-Demelli. He was known as Franz von Suppé, almost certainly to everyone’s relief. A very familiar melody comes at about the 2:08 mark and is repeated near the end.

The video also is noteworthy for its aerial view of the the Golden Hall of the Musikverein. It’s some joint. And it’s packed.

von Suppé’s work has been used in dozens of movies, televisions shows and cartoons. Below is the “Poet and Peasant Overture,” apparently performed by the Taipei Medical University Orchestra. The translation in the YouTube notes is a bit confusing, however.

In any case, let me be perhaps the last to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2014.

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