Louis Joseph Ferdinand Herold (28 January 1791 – 19 January 1833), better known as Ferdinand Hérold (pronounced [fɛʁdinɑ̃ eʁɔld]), was a French composer. He was celebrated in his lifetime for his operas, of which he composed more than twenty, but he also wrote ballet music, works for piano and choral pieces. He is best known today for the ballet La Fille mal gardée and the overture to the opera Zampa.
Born in Paris to a musical family, Hérold trained at the Paris Conservatoire and won France's premier musical prize, the Prix de Rome in 1812. After a time in Italy he returned to Paris and worked first at the Théâtre Italien and then at the Opéra. He wrote several ballets for the latter, but was best known as a composer of opéra comique. Some of them particularly in his early days, were hampered by poor librettos, but later he had more successes than failures, and his last two operas, Zampa (1831) and Le Pré aux clercs (The Clerk's Meadow, 1832) were immensely popular, and remained in the repertory in France and elsewhere for decades after his early death from tuberculosis in 1833.
As a ballet composer Hérold was a pioneer, raising the standard of ballet scores from being simple arrangements of popular tunes to well-orchestrated music illustrating the action of the ballets. His operas influenced later composers from Bizet and Offenbach to Wagner and Smetana.
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||01066||7-in.||3/13/1900||Zampa : Overture||Royal Italian Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]140||7-in.||7/14/1900||Zampa||Voss First Regiment Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]363||10-in.||1/3/1902||Zampa overture||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]363||7-in.||10/4/1900||Zampa overture||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-2035||10-in.||12/9/1904||Zampa : Overture||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-2035||12-in.||12/9/1904||Zampa : Overture||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||E-3981||8-in.||11/5/1906||Souvenirs du jeune âge||Edouard Le Bel||Tenor vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-18858||10-in.||12/20/1916||Souvenirs du jeune âge||Eva Gauthier||Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-26549||12-in.||6/19/1922||Zampa : Overture||Victor Symphony Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-26550||12-in.||6/20/1922||Zampa : Overture||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Symphony Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-55656||12-in.||8/28/1929||Zampa : Overture||Victor Symphony Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-55657||12-in.||8/28/1929||Zampa : Overture||Victor Symphony Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CS-77047||12-in.||10/5/1933||Zampa overture||American Legion Band [Monahan Post, Sioux City, Iowa] ; Leo Kucinski||Band||composer|
|Victor||CS-77048||12-in.||10/5/1933||Zampa overture||American Legion Band [Monahan Post, Sioux City, Iowa] ; Leo Kucinski||Band||composer|
|Columbia||248||10-in.||ca. 1901||Zampa : Overture||Columbia Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||248||7-in.||ca. 1901||Zampa : Overture||Columbia Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||48594||12-in.||2/9/1916||Zampa : Overture||Prince's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||48595||12-in.||2/9/1916||Zampa : Overture||Prince's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||98022||12-in.||4/13/1922||Zampa : Overture||Metropolitan Opera Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||5705||12-in.||between 1903 and 1908||Overture||Banda Española||Band||composer|
|Columbia||76208||12-in.||8/7/1918||Zampa overture, part 1||New Queen's Hall Orchestra ; Henry J. Wood||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||76209||12-in.||8/7/1918||Zampa overture, part 2||New Queen's Hall Orchestra ; Henry J. Wood||Orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||X14145||12-in.||11/6/1924||Zampa : Overture||Vessella's Italian Band||Band||composer|
|Brunswick||X14146-X14147||12-in.||11/7/1924||Zampa : Overture||Vessella's Italian Band||Band||composer|
|Brunswick||X14148-X14150||12-in.||11/7/1924||Zampa : Overture||Vessella's Italian Band||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hérold, Ferdinand," accessed December 10, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103294.
Hérold, Ferdinand. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 10, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103294.
"Hérold, Ferdinand." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 10 December 2023.
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