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 851-872 of 872 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 18818 10-in. 10/17/1928 Al fresco Edison Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison 18821 10-in. 10/19/1928 I'm falling in love with someone Henrietta Kamern Organ solo composer  
Edison N-170 10-in. 4/7/1928 Ah! sweet mystery of life Walter Scanlan Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison N-407 10-in. 9/4/1928 I'm falling in love with someone J. Donald Parker Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison N-418 12-in. 9/10/1928 Italian street song Olive Palmer Female vocal solo, with mixed vocal ensemble and orchestra composer  
Edison N-419 12-in. 9/10/1928 Kiss me again Olive Palmer Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison N-514 10-in. 10/17/1928 Indian summer Edison Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison N-515 10-in. 10/17/1928 Al fresco Edison Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison N-881 10-in. 5/6/1929 A kiss in the dark Olive Palmer Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 0EA7643 10-in. 5/2/1939 Sweethearts Webster Booth Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 0EA8484 10-in. 2/28/1940 A kiss in the dark Webster Booth Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 0EA8485 10-in. 2/28/1940 Indian summer Webster Booth Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Zonophone Y-330 12-in. Spring or summer 1903 Ocean breezes waltz Victor Military Band Band composer  
Nordskog [Nordskog cat 3027B] 10-in. 1922 Gypsy love song Clyde Gates Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor (Canada) [ViC cat 263680-B] 10-in. before 4/8/1930 O doux mystère de la vie Georges Dufresne Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cat 209-B] 10-in. between late 1908 and early 1909 Algeria Band (probably Leeds & Catlin house band) Band composer  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cat 217-B] 10-in. between late 1908 and early 1909 Because you're you Frank C. Stanley ; Elise Stevenson Female-male vocal duet composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CA17006 10-in. between June and November 1938 I'm falling in love with someone Charles Kullman Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CA17007 10-in. between June and November 1938 Thine alone Charles Kullman Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CA17008 10-in. between June and November 1938 When you're away Charles Kullman Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CA17009 10-in. between June and November 1938 Gypsy love song Charles Kullman Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WR536 10-in. approximately 1934 Ah! Sweet mystery of life Charles Kullman Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 851-872 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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