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Victor Herbert was arguably the main theatrical author of the first 20th hundred years, spearheading the change from the original Viennese operetta type of the past towards the Americanized music comedies which dominated the years to check out. Herbert was created in Dublin, Ireland, on Feb 1, 1859; after his father’s loss of life, at age group three he was delivered to live along with his grandmother in Kent, Britain, before re-joining his mom in Stuttgart in 1867. After playing cello in orchestras throughout European countries — including Eduard Strauss’ in Vienna — he came back home to review composition on the Stuttgart Conservatory. Upon marrying Therese Forster, a soprano using the Stuttgart Opera, Herbert implemented his bride towards the U.S. after she agreed upon on with the brand new York Metropolitan Opera. With bandleader Patrick S. Gilmore’s 1892 loss of life, Herbert got over path of his 22nd Regiment Music group, which he helmed until acknowledging the positioning of primary conductor using the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1898. Within the intervening years, he finished his 1st operetta, 1894’s Prince Ananias, for the Boston Ideal Opera Business. Although early Herbert productions like 1897’s The Serenade (his first main achievement), 1898’s The Lot of money Teller, and 1899’s Cyrano de Bergerac continued to be steeped in operetta custom, as time passes his work used an extremely modernized American sensibility anticipating the breakthroughs of Jerome Kern. Broadway strikes including 1903’s Babes in Toyland, 1906’s Mlle. Modiste, 1910’s Naughty Marietta, and 1913’s Sweethearts released several well-known favorites like “Gypsy Like,” “Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!,” “EACH DAY Is Girls’ Day BESIDE ME,” “Because You’re You,” “Kiss Me Once again,” “Indian Summer season,” “A Kiss at night,” and “Moonbeams”; authored with some lyricists including Rida Johnson Youthful, Friend De Sylva, Harry B. Smith, and Gene Buck. In 1916, Herbert also made up music for the film Nov a Nation, thought to be the very first American rating ever written particularly as accompaniment to get a silent film. He was focusing on music for another Ziegfeld Follies when he experienced a fatal coronary attack on, may 26, 1924; the 1939 film biopic THE FANTASTIC Victor Herbert starred Walter Connolly within the title role.

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Full Name Victor Herbert
Date Of Birth February 1, 1859
Died May 26, 1924, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Conductor, Film Score Composer
Education State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart
Nationality American
Albums The Music of Victor Herbert, Cello Concertos, Babes in Toyland / The Red Mill, Naughty Marietta / The Red Mill, Grofe, Grand Canyon Suite, Mississippi Suite; Herbert, Cello Concerto No. 2, Sweethearts, Pipe Organ Moods, Naughty Marietta, The Red Mill, Babes in Toyland, The Music of Victor Herbert, Volume II, Concertos From the New World: Masterworks Expanded Edition, Sullivan: Cello Concerto in D / Herbert: Cello Concerto no. 2 / Elgar: Romance
Movies Babes in Toyland, Mademoiselle Modiste, Kiss Me Again


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1 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
2 A founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1914.
3 Died of heart failure in his doctor's waiting room.
4 Among his most famous songs (music only) and instrumental compositions are "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life", "Toyland", "March of the Toys", "I Can't Do the Sum", "Italian Street Song", "I'm Falling in Love with Someone", "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp", "'Neath the Southern Moon", and "In Old New York".
5 Therese Förster, his wife, was a prima donna with the Metropolitan Opera Company.
6 The first great figure in American musical theatre, Herbert is famous for his catchy, tuneful operettas, which are neither as Viennese as Sigmund Romberg's or Franz Lehár's nor as American as musicals were later to become in the hands of Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers. He wrote the music for such shows as "The Fortune Teller", "The Red Mill", "Naughty Marietta", "Eileen" and "Babes in Toyland". His shows have been neglected for quite a long time and seldom presented in their original forms, although currently (c.1999-) the Ohio Light Opera is reviving many of them and recording them complete for the very first time ever, with all their original orchestrations. None of Herbert's operettas have ever been filmed exactly as he wrote them, although "Naughty Marietta" became a famous Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald MGM film (Naughty Marietta (1935)), and "Babes in Toyland" was filmed at least twice, once with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (Babes in Toyland (1934)) and once with Ray Bolger and Annette Funicello (Babes in Toyland (1961)). Although Herbert came to seem dreadfully old-fashioned to many, his operetta "The Red Mill" was revived in 1945, and enjoyed an amazingly long run (nearly two years), though the show was then 39 years old and the dialogue was hopelessly outdated.
7 Pictured on the 3¢ US postage stamp in the Famous Americans/Composers series, issued 13 May 1940.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Race 2016/I writer: "A Kiss in the Dark" - as Victore Herbert
Tangerine 2015 writer: "Toyland"
Wild Card 2015 music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited
12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue 2012 music: "Toy land / Joy To The World"
Boardwalk Empire TV Series performer - 4 episodes, 2010 - 2012 writer - 3 episodes, 2010 lyrics - 1 episode, 2011 music - 1 episode, 2010
War on Terror 2011 Documentary writer: "March of the Toys"
Barney: A Very Merry Christmas: The movie 2011 Video music: "March of the Toys" - uncredited
A Heartbeat Away 2011 writer: "March of the Toy Soldiers"
The Real Story of Christmas 2010 TV Movie music: "March of the Toys" excerpt
Jekyll & Canada 2009 Video writer: "Everybody's Crazy Half of the Time", "Lullaby", "Out of His Heart"
The National Parks: America's Best Idea 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing 2009 Video documentary music: "Sweethearts" - uncredited
The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond 2009 Video documentary music: "March of the Toys"
The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics 2008 TV Movie documentary music: "Mother Goose Village and Lemonade" - uncredited
Play 2007/I Short writer: " Auditorium Festival March"
Desejo Proibido 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Babes in Toyland 1997 music: "March of the Toys"
MGM Sing-Alongs: Being Happy 1997 Video short writer: "Toyland", "Toyland Reprise"
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" 1910 - uncredited
Short Cuts 1993 writer: "Cello Concerto No. 2, Opus 30 First Movement" 1894, "Cello Concerto No. 2, Opus 30 Second Movement" 1894
Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life 1993 Short writer: "Sweet Mystery of Life"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992 TV Series music - 2 episodes
Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland 1992 Video Game music: "Toyland" - uncredited
Tiny Toon Adventures 1991 TV Series music - 1 episode
Designing Women 1991 TV Series music - 1 episode
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life"
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book One - Satan Claus 1989 TV Short writer: "Toyland"
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie writer: "Naughty Marietta"
The Woman He Loved 1988 TV Movie music: "I'm Falling in Love With Someone" - uncredited
A Room with a View 1985 writer: "Mademoiselle Modiste"
Ciranda de Pedra 1981 TV Series writer: "Céu Cor De Rosa Indian Summer"
M*A*S*H 1976-1980 TV Series music - 2 episodes
The Ninth Configuration 1980 music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life"
Disney Dimanche 1979 TV Series music - 1 episode
S.O.S. Titanic 1979 TV Movie "I'm Falling In Love With Someone", uncredited
Just a Gigolo 1978 music: "Kissing Time"
Magic 1978 music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Waltons 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1976 as V. Herbert, "Dagger-Dance"
The Perry Como Christmas Show 1974 TV Special writer: "Toyland"
Young Frankenstein 1974 music: "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited
Thieves Like Us 1974 writer: "In Old New York" - uncredited
All in the Family 1973 TV Series music - 1 episode
Bananas 1971 music: "Naughty Marietta" 1910 - uncredited
Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life The Dream Melody" - uncredited
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1961-1966 TV Series music - 2 episodes
Fanfare 1965 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Patty Duke Show 1964 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Judy Garland Show 1963 TV Series music - 1 episode
Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall 1962 TV Special documentary writer: "History of Musical Comedy
Here's Edie 1962 TV Movie music: "Italian Street Song" - uncredited
Babes in Toyland 1961 music: "Mother Goose Village and Lemonade", "We Won't Be Happy Till We Get It", "Just A Whisper Away", "Castle in Spain", "Never Mind, Bo-Peep", "I Can't Do The Sum", "Floretta", "Forest of No Return", "Go To Sleep", "Toyland", "Workshop Song", "Just A Toy", "March of the Toys", "Tom and Mary", "We Won't Be Happy Till We Get It Reprise #1", "We Won't Be Happy Till We Get It Reprise #2"
Glenn Miller Time 1961 TV Series music - 1 episode
Shirley Temple's Storybook 1960 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1959 TV Series music - 1 episode
Kovacs on Music 1959 TV Movie music: "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life"
Jazz Party 1958 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Restless Gun 1958 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Big Record 1957 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Omnibus 1956 TV Series music - 1 episode
Babes in Toyland 1955 TV Movie music: "Hail to Christmas", "Toyland", "Mother Goose Ballet" instrumental, "I Can't Do the Sum", "Castle in Spain", "Grumio and Clyde's Dance" instrumental, "Don't Cry, Bo-Peep", "The Toy Soldiers" instrumental, "Grumio's Toy Friends" instrumental, "Barney O'Flynn", "Dance of the Woodland Animals" instrumental, "Go to Sleep, Slumber Deep", "March of the Toy Soldiers" instrumental, "Toyland reprise", "Hail to Christmas reprise"
Mouse-Warming 1952 Short music: "Sweethearts" - uncredited
The Great Caruso 1951 writer: "Sweethearts" - uncredited
Scent-imental Romeo 1951 Short music: "Kiss Me Again' - uncredited
Love Happy 1949 writer: Gypsy Love Song" 1898 - uncredited
Look for the Silver Lining 1949 music: "A Kiss in the Dark" - uncredited
A Kiss in the Dark 1949 music: "A Kiss in the Dark" - uncredited
Adventures in Jazz 1949 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Three Daring Daughters 1948 "FLEURETTE", uncredited / writer: "SWEETHEARTS" - uncredited
Holiday in Mexico 1946 music: "Italian Street Song" - uncredited
Thrill of a Romance 1945 music: "I Want What I Want When I Want It" 1905 - uncredited
Music for Millions 1944 music: "The March of the Toys" 1903 - uncredited
His Butler's Sister 1943 music: "When You're Away" - uncredited
Top Man 1943 music: "Romany Life"
A Night to Remember 1942 writer: "March of the Wooden Soldiers" 1903 - uncredited
The Great Victor Herbert 1939 music: "Someday", "Intermezzo: Al Fresco", "Thine Alone", "Punchinello", "All For You", "Kiss Me Again", "Absinthe Frappé", "Rose of the World", "A Kiss in the Dark", "March of the Toys", "Neapolitan Love Song", "There Once Was an Owl", "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life", "To the Land of My Own Romance", "I'm Falling in Love with Someone", "I Might Be Your Once-in-a-While", "The Bayaderes", "Rose of Algeria Fanfare", "The Enchantress-Act 1 Finale", "Ask Her While the Band is Playing", "I'm the Leader o
Broadway Serenade 1939 music: "Italian Street Song" 1910 - uncredited
Sweethearts 1938 music: "Sweethearts" 1938, "Wooden Shoes" 1938, "Every Lover Must Meet His Fate" 1938, "Pretty as a Picture" 1938, "Game of Love" 1938, "Summer Serenade" 1938, "On Parade" 1938, "Waiting for the Bride" 1938, "In the Convent They Never Taught Me That" 1913, "Madamoiselle" 1938, "The Angelus" 1913 - uncredited
My Lucky Star 1938 music: "March of the Toys" - uncredited
Balloon Land 1935 Short music: "March of the Toys" - uncredited
Naughty Marietta 1935 music: "Chansonette" 1910, "Antoinette and Anatole" 1910, "Live for Today" 1910, "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" 1910, "The Owl and the Polecat" 1910, "Neath the Southern Moon" 1910, "Italian Street Song" 1910, "Ship Ahoy" 1910, "I'm Falling in Love with Someone" 1910, "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" 1910, "Prayer" 1910 - uncredited
Babes in Toyland 1934 music: "Toyland" 1903, "Never Mind, Bo Peep" 1903, "Castle In Spain" 1903, "Go To Sleep" 1903, "March of the Toys" 1903, "I Can't Do The Sum" 1903 - uncredited
Duck Soup 1933 music: "Gypsy Love Song" 1898 uncredited
The Secret of Madame Blanche 1933 music: "Every Lover Must Meet His Fate" from the operetta "Sweethearts" 1913 - uncredited
The Black King 1932 music: "March of the Wooden Soldiers" - uncredited
Kiss Me Again 1931 music: "Clothes Parade" 1905, "Kiss Me Again" 1905, "A Make Believe Ladies Man" 1905, "The Mascot of the Troop" 1905, "Tomorrow May Bring Doubts and Tears" 1905, "I Want What I Want When I Want It" 1905, "Ballet Medley" 1905, "If I Were on the Stage" 1905, "The Time, the Place and the Girl" 1905 - uncredited
Bear Shooters 1930 Short music: "Never Mind Bo Peep"
When the Wind Blows 1930 Short music: "Never Mind Bo Peep" - uncredited
The Cocoanuts 1929 writer: "GYPSY LOVE SONG" 1898 - uncredited
Harry Horlick and His Famous A & P Gypsies 1929 Short music: "March of the Toys", "Gypsy Love Song" - uncredited
Green's Twentieth Century Faydettes 1929 Short music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life"
Musical Moments 1929/I Short music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited
The Holy Terror 1929 Short music: "Never Mind Bo Peep" - uncredited
Syncopation 1929 music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited
Synthetic Sin 1929 music: "There Once Was an Owl" - uncredited
Scarlet Seas 1928 music: "Karma" - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Babes in Toyland 1997 music by
Babes in Toyland 1986 TV Movie music by
Babes in Toyland 1961 music by
The DuPont Show of the Month 1958 TV Series music by - 1 episode
Babes in Toyland 1955 TV Movie stock music
Babes in Toyland 1954 TV Movie music by
The Great Caruso 1951 with the music of - as Herbert
Musical Comedy Time 1951 TV Series music by - 1 episode
Sweethearts 1938 immortal melodies / music by
Naughty Marietta 1935 music by
Babes in Toyland 1934 composed by
Kiss Me Again 1931 music of the stage play: "Mlle. Modiste"
Bear Shooters 1930 Short composer: stock music - uncredited
The Red Mill 1927 music by

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fall of a Nation 1916

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary grateful acknowledgment: to the extraordinary composers and lyricists
That's Entertainment! 1974 acknowledgment: composer of the words and music

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 2 1922 Documentary short Himself

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