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 201-225 of 858 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-10546 12-in. 6/19/1911 Naughty Marietta : Intermezzo Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor C-10547 12-in. 6/19/1911 Badinage Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor B-10549 10-in. 6/19/1911 The rosary Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-10567 12-in. 6/19/1911 Selection from When sweet sixteen Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-10568 10-in. 6/19/1911 Mlle. Rosita : Intermezzo Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-10569 10-in. 6/19/1911 Melody in F Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-10570 12-in. 6/19/1911 Madame Butterfly fantasie Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-10571 12-in. 6/21/1911 The red mill : Selection Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-10572 10-in. 6/21/1911 Al fresco : Intermezzo Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-10573 10-in. 6/21/1911 Venetian love song Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-10574 12-in. 6/21/1911 Liebestraum no. 3 Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-10581 12-in. 6/22/1911 Marche slave Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-10582 12-in. 6/22/1911 Dagger dance Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor C-10583 12-in. 6/22/1911 March of the toys Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor B-10587 10-in. 6/23/1911 Yesterthoughts Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Victor B-10588 10-in. 6/23/1911 Punchinello Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-10591 12-in. 6/24/1911 Mlle. Modiste : Selection Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-10618 10-in. 6/27/1911 Nie szukaj Prawdy Karol Wachtel Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-11065 12-in. 10/9/1911 Dance of the hours Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-11066 12-in. 10/9/1911 Humoreske Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra arranger, conductor  
Victor B-11066 10-in. 5/24/1918 Humoresque Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra arranger  
Victor C-11070 12-in. 10/10/1911 Entrance of the sultana Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-11072 12-in. 10/10/1911 The birth of the butterfly Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-11077 12-in. 10/11/1911 Prelude : Finale Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-11078 10-in. 10/11/1911 No. 2 intermezzo (1st entr'acte) Victor Herbert's Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
(Results 201-225 of 858 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Herbert, Victor," accessed November 30, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

Herbert, Victor. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102518.

"Herbert, Victor." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 30 November 2022.

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