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 51-75 of 872 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 0809 7-in. 12/20/1899 The singing girl [unidentified selection] Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 0811 7-in. 12/15/1899 The ameer : March Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 0812 7-in. 12/20/1899 Scottische Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 0837 7-in. 12/20/1899 Cyrano de Bergerac : March Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 0838 7-in. 12/20/1899 The ameer : Waltz Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 0840 7-in. 12/20/1899 Cyrano de Bergerac : Polka Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 0969 7-in. 2/15/1900 The ameer : Selection Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 0985 7-in. 2/19/1900 Cupid and I Florence Hayward Female vocal solo composer  
Berliner 01021 7-in. 2/27/1900 In old Ben Franklin's days S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 01058 7-in. 3/8/1900 The fortune teller : March Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 01189 7-in. Apr. 1900 The three solitaires Herbert L. Clarke ; Henry Higgins ; Walter B. Rogers ; Sousa's Band Cornet trio, with band composer  
Berliner 01205 7-in. Apr. 1900 Cyrano de Bergerac : March Sousa's Band Band composer  
Berliner 01206 7-in. Apr. 1900 The ameer : March Sousa's Band Band composer  
Berliner 01207 7-in. Apr. 1900 The ameer : Selection Sousa's Band Band composer  
Berliner 01211 7-in. 4/18/1900 The fortune teller : Melodies Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Berliner 01257 7-in. Apr. 1900 Gypsy love song George Broderick Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]23 7-in. 6/6/1900 I'd like it S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]29 7-in. 1900 Continuous performances S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]71 7-in. 7/7/1900 Viceroy's march Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]82 7-in. 7/7/1900 Songs from The ameer Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]200 7-in. 9/15/1900 In old Ben Franklin's days S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]236 7-in. 10/13/1900 Cupid will guide George Schweinfest Flute solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]238 7-in. 10/13/1900 Love is tyrant George Schweinfest Flute solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]262 7-in. 12/1/1900 The fortune teller : March Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]263 7-in. 9/28/1900 March Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
(Results 51-75 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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