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Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924) was a cellist, conductor and composer best known for his light operas. He was prominent among the tin pan alley composers and later a founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Herbert was born in Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Edward Herbert (d. 1861) and Fanny Lover. At age three and a half, shortly after the death of his father, Victor moved to live with his grandparents in Kent, England, where he received encouragement in his creative endeavours. His grandfather was the Irish novelist, playwright and composer Samuel Lover. He re-joined his mother in Stuttgart in 1867, where his mother remarried a physician, Carl Schmidt of Langenargen, Germany, and his music was put on hold until a relatively late age.

Herbert received his early musical training with Max Seifriz at the Stuttgart Conservatory in 1876, where he developed into an outstanding cellist. He played cello in the orchestra of Johann Strauss in Vienna.

Herbert married the Viennese soprano Therese Förster in 1886, and the couple soon came to the United States in 1886 (when he was 27 years old) when his wife was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera Company. Herbert began his career in America playing the cello in the Met orchestra. Madame Herbert-Förster sang the title role in the Met’s first production of Verdi’s Aida. The couple had two children, Ella and Gilbert.

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  • Rapture5212011

    Enjoyed some of your music~~just watched a re-run of "The Lawrence Welk Show" on PBS with a feature about some of your masterpieces. For those interested in more info., BIO, & leaving a virtual memorial, visit this site~ < click on Famous Grave Search & enter Victor Herbert. Rest In PEACE. God bless~!

    25 Sep 2010 Reply

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