Victor Herbert

Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924) was an American composer, cellist and conductor of 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, Austria, and Stuttgart, Germany, 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 led 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

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Recordings (Results 251-275 of 860 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-11822 12-in. 4/3/1912 Paul's address John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor C-11841 12-in. 4/9/1912 Natoma : Selection Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-12098 10-in. 6/10/1912 Amabile e sincero Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-12099 10-in. 6/10/1912 Chanson indoue Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-12100 10-in. 6/10/1912 La colomba Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor B-12101 10-in. 6/10/1912 Lo, here the gentle lark Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with flute and orchestra conductor  
Victor C-12103 12-in. 6/10/1912 Spring song Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra and harp composer, conductor  
Victor C-12104 12-in. 6/10/1912 Jewels of the Madonna : Intermezzo Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-12105 12-in. 6/10/1912 'Enchantress' selection Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor B-12106 10-in. 6/10/1912 Habanera Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor B-12107 10-in. 6/10/1912 Cavalleria rusticana intermezzo Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-12108 12-in. 6/11/1912 Spring song Lucy Isabelle Marsh Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-12190 10-in. 6/26/1912 Vaquero's song Earl Cartwright ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-12248 12-in. 6/25/1912 Merry countess waltz Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-12249 10-in. 6/25/1912 Vaquero's song Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor C-12250 12-in. 6/26/1912 Wine, women and song Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-12251 12-in. 6/26/1912 Panamericana Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor B-12252 10-in. 6/26/1912 There once was an owl Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor C-12253 12-in. 6/27/1912 Wedding march Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-12254 10-in. 6/27/1912 A toi waltzes Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-12255 10-in. 6/27/1912 Kiss me again Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor C-12256 12-in. 6/28/1912 Introduction to Act 3 Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-12256 10-in. 5/21/1918 Prelude to Act 3 Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-12257 10-in. 6/28/1912 The toymaker's shop Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor C-12258 12-in. 6/28/1912 Rêve angelique Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
(Results 251-275 of 860 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Herbert, Victor," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

Herbert, Victor. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

"Herbert, Victor." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.

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