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A recent photograph of the Herbert memorial with a rollover image to a historical photograph taken after an attack of vandalism.

Victor August Herbert: (1859-1924) Irish Composer

Victor August Herbert was born on February 1, 1859 in Dublin, Ireland.  After her husband’s death, Herbert’s mother moved the two of them into her father’s country house, where Herbert grew up watching his grandfather paint and listening to music. 

In 1866, Herbert’s mother remarried to a German doctor and they moved to Stuttgart, Germany.  The young Herbert grew up to admire doctors and envisioned himself one day becoming one.  However, due to financial constraints, Herbert could not afford an expensive medical education and therefore, turned to music.  “Herbert became a renowned cellist and by the age of 19, had played with every major orchestra throughout Germany, performing with Baron Paul von Derwies’ private orchestra in Lugano and one year with the Eduard Strauss Orchestra in Vienna.” (Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Through his amazing musical talent, Herbert gained a respectful reputation as a magnificent composer.  He composed music that mixed European romanticism with American tradition.  He wrote scores for several productions including, The Wizard of the Nile, The Singing Girl, Fortune Teller, Babes in Toyland, The Prima Donna, and several others.  “Herbert died from coronary arrest in New York City on May 26, 1924.” (Songwriters Hall of Fame)


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Further Reading:

Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Biography of Victor Herbert

List of Herbert’s Works

Free Music Samples

More Biography

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