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 276-300 of 860 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-12618||10-in.||11/18/1912||A little girl at home||Marguerite Dunlap ; Harry Macdonough||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-12619||10-in.||11/18/1912||Bagdad||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-12772||12-in.||1/7/1913||Gems from The lady of the slipper||Victor Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13177||10-in.||4/22/1913||The cricket on the hearth||Christie MacDonald ; Reinald Werrenrath||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13178||10-in.||4/22/1913||Sweethearts||Christie MacDonald||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13199||10-in.||4/25/1913||Jeannette and her wooden shoes||Marguerite Dunlap||Female vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13200||10-in.||4/25/1913||Sweethearts||Christie MacDonald||Female vocal solo and chorus, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-13201||12-in.||4/25/1913||Angelus||Christie MacDonald ; Reinald Werrenrath||Female-male vocal duet, with male vocal chorus and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13202||10-in.||4/25/1913||Mother Goose||Christie MacDonald||Female vocal solo, with female vocal trio and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13215||10-in.||4/30/1913||Every lover must meet his fate||Reed Miller||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-13335||12-in.||5/19/1913||Angel's serenade||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||C-13336||12-in.||5/20/1913||Sweethearts selection||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor, composer|
|Victor||C-13337||12-in.||5/20/1913||Lady of the slipper selection||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor, composer|
|Victor||B-13338||10-in.||5/20/1913||Danse Arabe||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||B-13339||10-in.||5/20/1913||Danse Chinoise||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||C-13340||12-in.||5/21/1913||Träume||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||C-13341||12-in.||5/21/1913||Wedding day at Troldhaugen||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||C-13342||12-in.||5/21/1913||Danse des Bacchantes||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||C-13343||12-in.||5/21/1913||Faust prelude||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||C-13345||12-in.||5/21/1913||Sous les tilleuls||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||C-13346||12-in.||5/23/1913||Unfinished symphony: Allegro moderato||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||C-13347||12-in.||5/23/1913||Unfinished symphony: Andante con moto||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||C-13348||12-in.||5/23/1913||Natoma selection||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer, conductor|
|Victor||C-13354||12-in.||5/27/1913||Gems from Sweethearts||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-13355||12-in.||5/24/1913||Largo||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||conductor|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Herbert, Victor," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.
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