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 301-325 of 860 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-13356 12-in. 5/24/1913 Serenade Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-13356 10-in. 5/22/1918 Serenade Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-13357 12-in. 5/24/1913 Polnischer national tanz Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-13358 12-in. 5/26/1913 La traviata prelude Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-13359 10-in. 5/26/1913 Serenade enfantine Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-13360 12-in. 5/26/1913 Isolde's Liebestodt Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor, arranger  
Victor B-13364 10-in. 5/27/1913 Narcissus Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-13365 12-in. 5/28/1913 Meditation Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-13366 10-in. 5/28/1913 Minuet : Op. 14, no. 1 Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-13367 10-in. 5/29/1913 La paloma Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-13368 10-in. 5/29/1913 Forget me not Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor B-13760 10-in. 9/11/1913 Bagdad Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-13965 10-in. 10/17/1913 Eldorado march William H. Reitz Xylophone solo composer  
Victor C-14141 12-in. 12/4/1913 Gems from The madcap duchess Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-14498 12-in. 2/20/1914 A perfect day Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor B-14589 10-in. 3/19/1914 Chinese picnic Van Eps Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Victor B-15443 10-in. 11/30/1914 When you're wearing the ball and chain Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-15468 10-in. 12/7/1914 When you're away! Olive Kline Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-15687 12-in. 2/9/1915 The only girl Victor Dance Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-16012 12-in. 5/11/1915 Estellita McKee's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-16577 10-in. 9/30/1915 For better or for worse Elsie Baker ; Olive Kline Female vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-16578 10-in. 9/30/1915 Love is the best of all Olive Kline Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-16582 10-in. 10/1/1915 Neapolitan love song Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-16628 10-in. 10/8/1915 I need affection Olive Kline Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-16857 12-in. 12/3/1915 Gems from The princess Pat Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
(Results 301-325 of 860 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Herbert, Victor," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

Herbert, Victor. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

"Herbert, Victor." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 January 2023.

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