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Victor August Herbert (Herbert, Victor)

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Born: 1859 AD
Died: 1924 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Composers, Musicians

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1859 - Victor August Herbert, born on the 1st of February in Dublin, England. He was a popular composer of light opera, and an accomplished cellist and conductor. He was a founder of th American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

1886 - He came to the United States when his wife, soprano Therese Förster, was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera Company.

1892 - Exhibited another side of his musical life when he became conductor of the 22nd Regimental Band of the New York National Guard, succeeding the great Patrick Gilmore.

1893 - He took over leadership of Gilmore’s civilian band following Gilmore’s death.

1894 - Composed the first of his operettas, Prince Ananias, and it was soon followed by The Serenade and The Fortune Teller.

1898 - 1902 - Conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, building that orchestra into a major American ensemble.

1901 - Auditorium Festival March celebrated the twelfth anniversary of his Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.

1903 - Babes in Toyland, Mlle. Modiste, The Red Mill, Naughty Marietta, and other successes made him one of the best-known figures in American music.

1911 - His first opera Natoma debuted in Philadelphia on the 25th of February and in New York.

1914 - His short opera Madeleine was produced at the Metropolitan Opera.

       - Championed the right of composers to profit from their work and worked closely with John Philip Sousa, Irving Berlin, and others in founding, on the 13th of February, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the organization that even today protects the rights of creative musicians.

1917 - He finally realized his long-standing intention to compose an Irish operetta, Eileen, produced this year.

1924 - His last operetta was Dream Girl.

       - Died on the 26th of May.


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