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Victor HerbertA Theatrical Life$
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Neil Gould

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228713

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228713.001.0001

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Pittsburgh—Heaven and Hell (1898–1904)

Pittsburgh—Heaven and Hell (1898–1904)

(p.84) Chapter 4 Pittsburgh—Heaven and Hell (1898–1904)
Victor Herbert

Neil Gould

Fordham University Press

By the late 1880s Herbert has composed six successful operettas when he is offered a one-year contract for the Pittsburgh Orchestra. Herbert's motivation for accepting the contract can be traced to two elements that motivated him—a new artistic challenge and the opportunity to add to his income. During this period he created two of his greatest stage works, The Fortune Teller and Babes in Toyland. He firmly established himself as the outstanding American composer of music entertainment of his time. The Victor Herbert Orchestra reaches the height of John Phillip Sousa's Band.

Keywords:   Pittsburgh Orchestra, Babes in Toyland, Victor Herbert Orchestra, band, operetta

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