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Ireland, My Sireland (1859–1886)

Neil Gould

in Victor Herbert

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228713
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241798 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823228713.003.0001
Ireland, My Sireland (1859–1886)

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This chapter sets the stage for Victor Herbert's upbringing. It traces Herbert's Irish roots and influential people in his life, such as his grandfather Samuel Lover who was an artist, author, composer, and entertainer and his mother Fanny Lover. Herbert's father, Edward Herbert tragically disappeared during a trip to Paris in 1862. Schooled in the arts by his mother and grandfather, Herbert was fluent in several languages. Since he was fluent in German, when the time came for Herbert's formal education, Fanny decided to have him educated in Germany where he took up the cello. After graduation the family's financial situation caused Herbert to find work. Herbert traveled to the United States to play in the Pittsburgh Orchestra and began touring. He met and married Theresa Forster, a dramatic soprano.

Keywords: Ireland; Victor Herbert; Cello; Paris; Pittsburgh Orchestra

Chapter.  6238 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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