Victor Herbert A Theatrical Life
Victor Herbert is one of the giants of American culture. As a musician, conductor, and, above all, composer, he touched every corner of American musical life at the turn of the century, writing scores of songs, marches, concerti, and other works. More...
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Publisher: Fordham University Press
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Victor Herbert is one of the giants of American culture. As a musician, conductor, and, above all, composer, he touched every corner of American musical life at the turn of the century, writing scores of songs, marches, concerti, and other works. But his most enduring legacy is on a different kind of stage, as one of the grandfathers of the modern musical theater.Now, Victor Herbert has the biography he deserves. Neil Gould draws on his own experience as a director, producer, and scholar to craft the first comprehensive portrait in fifty years of the Irish immigrant whose extraordinary talents defined the sounds of a generation and made contemporary American music possible.Mining a wealth of sources--many for the first time--Gould provides a fascinating portrait of Herbert and his world. Born in Dublin in 1859, Herbert arrived in the United States in 1886. From his first job in the orchestra pit of the Metropolitan Opera, Herbert went on to perform in countless festivals and concerts, and conduct the Pittsburgh Orchestra. In 1894, he composed his first operetta, Prince Ananias, and by the time of his death in 1924, h'd composed forty-two more many of them, such as Naughty Marietta, spectacular Broadway hits. Along the way, he also wrote two operas, stage music for the Ziegfeld Follies, and the first full score for a motion picture, The Fall of a Nation.Gould brilliantly blends the musical and the theatrical, classical and popular, the public and the private, in this book. He not only gives a revealing portrait of Herbert the artist, entrepreneur, and visionary, but also recreates the vibrant world of the Herbert's Broadway. Gould takes us inside the music itself--with detailed guides to each major work and recreations of great performances. He also makes strong connections between Herbert's breakthrough compositions, such as the operetta Mlle. Modiste, and the later contributions of Rudolf Friml, Sigmund Romberg, Jerome Kern and other giants of the musical theater.As exuberant as Herbert himself, this book is also a chronicle of American popular culture during one of its most creative periods. For anyone enraptured by the sound of the American musical, this book is delightfully required reading.
Neil Gould is a multi-faced individual who combines a variety of business practices with ET contact/disclosure advocacy. His is a landmark book, presenting for the first time the thesis that in some cases [not all cases] the symptoms of what is known as ADHD, rather than being an affliction are in fact the result of an advanced form of consciousness that comes with childhood extra terrestrial contact. Born in South Africa in 1954 he and his family emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1974 before finally residing in China and Hong Kong in 1995. An ADHD challenged author wired into a multidimensional reality, Neil has endured contact experiences with off world beings. Previously judged as a man who lived in a world of fantasy by his peers and family, it was not long before these views were dispelled; a craft of gigantic proportion appeared close up in front of him, his family and friends in Hong Kong, but not before morphing from a bat winged shape into a circular donut shape which then became transparent. Frustrated by the experiences, Neil found his peace within the Exopolitics Institute, founded by Dr Michael Salla PhD assisted by Angelika Whitecliff in 2005. After 3 years of study, Neil graduated from the Institute's Certification Program with a Diploma in Exopolitics. In 2010 Dr Salla invited him to join the Exopolitics Institute's Board of Directors and its associated ExoNews.info editorial board. Neil's activities include lecturing on exopolitics, co-hosting a Hong Kong Exopolitical Radio program, producing Exopolitical films on YouTube and developing alternative and cleaner energy technologies with his production facilities in China.
|Ireland, My Sireland|
|In Old New York|
|Oh, My Name Is Victor Herbertï¿½I'm the Leader of the Band|
|Pittsburghï¿½Heaven and Hell|
|Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!|
|A Theatrical Musician at Work|
|Entr'acte I: Ace of Clubs|
|Act Two: Scene One|
|Operetta as Social Document|
|Act Two: Scene Two|
|Entre'acte II: Uncrowned Kings|
|Act Three: Scene One|
|An Opera Manque|
|Act Three: Scene Two|
|Media vitae in morte sumus|
|February 1, 2003|
|Published Instrumental, Choral, and Miscellaneous Works|