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Pittsburgh—Heaven and Hell (1898–1904)

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/9780823228713.003.0004
Pittsburgh—Heaven and Hell (1898–1904)

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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

Chapter.  29203 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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