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 126-150 of 858 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor A-648 7-in. 11/6/1903 Just for today Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor A-816 7-in. 12/11/1903 Baltimore Centennial march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-816 12-in. 12/11/1903 Baltimore Centennial march Victor Grand Concert Band Band composer  
Victor B-816 10-in. 12/11/1903 Baltimore Centennial march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-1136 10-in. 3/18/1904 Toyland Walter B. Rogers Cornet solo, with band composer  
Victor B-1150-A 10-in. 3/22/1904 Lancers Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-1150-D 10-in. 5/20/1904 Lancers Arthur Pryor's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor A-1165 7-in. 3/25/1904 I can't do that sum S. H. Dudley ; Haydn Quartet Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-1165 10-in. 3/25/1904 I can't do that sum S. H. Dudley ; Haydn Quartet Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-1165 12-in. 3/25/1904 I can't do that sum S. H. Dudley ; Haydn Quartet Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-1166 10-in. 3/25/1904 Toyland Haydn Quartet ; Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-1166 12-in. 3/25/1904 Toyland Haydn Quartet ; Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-1194 10-in. 4/7/1904 Babes in Toyland medley Parke Hunter ; Vess L. Ossman Banjo duet, with piano composer  
Victor C-1194 12-in. 4/7/1904 Babes in Toyland medley Parke Hunter ; Vess L. Ossman Banjo duet, with piano composer  
Victor A-1234 7-in. 4/20/1904 March Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-1234 10-in. 4/20/1904 Babes in Toyland march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-1527 12-in. 6/28/1904 I can't do that sum polka Victor Dance Orchestra [i.e., Pryor's Orchestra] Orchestra composer  
Victor B-1527 10-in. 6/28/1904 I can't do that sum polka Victor Dance Orchestra [i.e., Pryor's Orchestra] Orchestra composer  
Victor B-1528 10-in. 6/28/1904 Babes in Toyland two-step Victor Dance Orchestra [i.e., Pryor's Orchestra] Orchestra composer  
Victor C-1528 12-in. 6/28/1904 Babes in Toyland march Victor Dance Orchestra [i.e., Pryor's Orchestra] Orchestra composer  
Victor B-2125 10-in. 1/10/1905 Al fresco Arthur Pryor's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-2526 10-in. 5/5/1905 March Arthur Pryor's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-2527 10-in. 5/5/1905 Waltz Arthur Pryor's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-2643 10-in. 6/16/1905 The three solitaires Herman Bellstedt ; Herbert L. Clarke ; Walter B. Rogers ; Sousa's Band Cornet trio, with band composer  
Victor B-2707 10-in. 8/8/1905 Absinthe frappé Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 126-150 of 858 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Herbert, Victor," accessed December 5, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

Herbert, Victor. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

"Herbert, Victor." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 5 December 2022.

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