Victor Herbert

Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924) was an American composer, cellist and conductor of English and Irish ancestry and German training. Although Herbert enjoyed important careers as a cello soloist and conductor, he is best known for composing many successful operettas that premiered on Broadway from the 1890s to World War I. He was also prominent among the Tin Pan Alley composers and was later a founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). A prolific composer, Herbert produced two operas, a cantata, 43 operettas, incidental music to 10 plays, 31 compositions for orchestra, nine band compositions, nine cello compositions, five violin compositions with piano or orchestra, 22 piano compositions and numerous songs, choral compositions and orchestrations of works by other composers, among other music.

In the early 1880s, Herbert began a career as a cellist in Vienna and Stuttgart, during which he began to compose orchestral music. Herbert and his opera singer wife, Therese Förster, moved to the U.S. in 1886 when both were engaged by the Metropolitan Opera. In the U.S., Herbert continued his performing career, while also teaching at the National Conservatory of Music, conducting and composing. His most notable instrumental compositions were his Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 30 (1894), which entered the standard repertoire, and his Auditorium Festival March (1901). He conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1898 to 1904 and then founded the Victor Herbert Orchestra, which he conducted throughout the rest of his life.

Herbert began to compose operettas in 1894, producing several successes, including The Serenade (1897) and The Fortune Teller (1898). Some of the operettas that he wrote after the turn of the 20th century were even more successful: Babes in Toyland (1903), Mlle. Modiste (1905), The Red Mill (1906), Naughty Marietta (1910), Sweethearts (1913) and Eileen (1917). After World War I, with the change of popular musical tastes, Herbert began to compose musicals and contributed music to other composers' shows. While some of these were well-received, he never again achieved the level of success that he had enjoyed with his most popular operettas.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 1, 1859 (Dublin), Died May 24, 1924 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor, arranger, cello, orchestrator, songwriter

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Recordings (Results 226-250 of 872 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-11079 12-in. 10/11/1911 First intermezzo (1st entr'acte) Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-11093 10-in. 10/12/1911 Spring song Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-11094 10-in. 10/12/1911 Pas des amphores Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra arranger  
Victor B-11095 10-in. 10/12/1911 The flatterer Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra arranger  
Victor B-11096 10-in. 10/12/1911 Imitation of a music box Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra arranger  
Victor C-11097 12-in. 10/13/1911 Prima donna : Entr'acte Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-11101 12-in. 10/14/1911 The military ball Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor B-11103 10-in. 10/14/1911 They were Irish Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-11104 10-in. 10/14/1911 Sextette Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-11117 12-in. 10/19/1911 Gems from It happened in Nordland Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-11139 12-in. 10/26/1911 To the land of my own romance Lucy Isabelle Marsh Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-11139 10-in. 11/14/1911 To the land of my own romance Lucy Isabelle Marsh Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-11300 10-in. 11/23/1911 The outlaw's song Frederick J. Wheeler Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-11317 12-in. 11/29/1911 Gems from Naughty Marietta Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-11514 10-in. 1/25/1912 The angel's whisper Victor Herbert Cello solo, with piano instrumentalist, cello  
Victor B-11515 10-in. 1/25/1912 The low-back'd car Victor Herbert Cello solo, with piano instrumentalist, cello  
Victor B-11516 10-in. 1/25/1912 Petite valse Victor Herbert Cello solo, with piano instrumentalist, cello, composer  
Victor B-11517 10-in. 1/25/1912 Scherzo Victor Herbert Cello solo, with piano instrumentalist, cello  
Victor C-11518 12-in. 1/26/1912 Simple aveu Rosario Bourdon ; Victor Herbert Cello solo, with piano instrumentalist, cello  
Victor C-11519 12-in. 1/26/1912 Pensée amoureuse Victor Herbert Cello solo, with piano composer, instrumentalist, cello  
Victor B-11536 10-in. 1/31/1912 Mah honey love Marguerite Dunlap Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-11614 12-in. 2/26/1912 Fortune teller : Selection Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-11661 10-in. 2/29/1912 Naughty Marietta selection Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-11820 12-in. 4/3/1912 Spring song Agnes Kimball Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor B-11821 10-in. 4/3/1912 Serenade Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, conductor  
(Results 226-250 of 872 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Herbert, Victor," accessed June 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

Herbert, Victor. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

"Herbert, Victor." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 June 2024.

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