Herbert, Victor

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Herbert, Victor (b Dublin, 1859; d NY, 1924). Irish-born composer, conductor, and cellist (Amer. cit.). Prin. cellist Stuttgart court orch. 1883–6. Went to USA 1886, becoming prin. cellist NY Met orch., and in other orchs. Also appeared as soloist and cond. military bands. First operetta, Prince Ananias (NY 1894) was success and was followed by over 30 others, incl. Naughty Marietta (1910) and Sweethearts (1913). Wrote 2 operas, Natoma (1911) and Madeleine (1914). Cond., Pittsburgh SO 1898–1904. Also comp. symphonic poem Hero and Leander, 2 vc. concs. (1885, 1894), Irish Rhapsody, etc.