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 176-200 of 858 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-6891 12-in. 3/17/1909 The red mill two-step Victor Dance Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-6958 10-in. 4/1/1909 Prima donna : Selection Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-6987 10-in. 4/14/1909 The three solitaires Herbert L. Clarke ; Emil Keneke ; Walter Pryor Cornet trio, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8251 10-in. 9/22/1909 The prima donna march two-step Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-8371 12-in. 11/12/1909 Gems from Algeria Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8386 10-in. 11/18/1909 Won't you be my playmate Metropolitan Trio Mixed vocal trio, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-8412 12-in. 11/23/1909 Badinage Vienna Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor B-8857 10-in. 4/18/1910 Al fresco Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-8983 12-in. 5/23/1910 Gems from The red mill Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-9025 12-in. 5/25/1910 Gems from Mlle. Modiste Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9672 10-in. 11/23/1910 I'm falling in love with someone John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-9672 12-in. 11/23/1910 I'm falling in love with someone John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-9678 12-in. 11/30/1910 Gems from The serenade Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9679 10-in. 11/30/1910 Italian street song Lucy Isabelle Marsh ; Victor Light Opera Company Soprano vocal solo and mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9716 10-in. 12/16/1910 I'm falling in love with someone Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9719 10-in. 12/16/1910 I'm falling in love with someone Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-9781 12-in. 1/10/1911 Gems from Babes in Toyland Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-10047 10-in. 3/14/1911 Something always happens when it shouldn't Henry Allan Price Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-10062 12-in. 3/16/1911 I'm falling in love with someone John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-10062 10-in. 3/17/1911 I'm falling in love with someone John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-10245 12-in. 5/1/1911 Gems from The fortune teller Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-10392 12-in. 6/5/1911 Gems from The wizard of the Nile Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-10401 10-in. 5/15/1911 Gypsy love song Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal solo, with violin, harp, and orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-10401 10-in. 11/24/1926 Gypsy love song Reinald Werrenrath Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-10510 10-in. 6/6/1911 The chase Lucy Isabelle Marsh Female vocal solo and chorus, with orchestra composer  
(Results 176-200 of 858 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Herbert, Victor," accessed December 6, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

Herbert, Victor. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

"Herbert, Victor." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 6 December 2022.

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