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Victor Herbert (I) (1859–1924)

Every professional recording artist today owes their livelihood to some degree to Victor Herbert. Working closely with John Philip Sousa, Irving Berlin and others, he was the driving force in founding the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) on February 13, 1914. He became its vice-president and director until his death ... See full bio »

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 2015 Tangerine (writer: "Toyland")
 2012 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue (music: "Toy land / Joy To The World")
  Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes, 2010 - 2012) (writer - 3 episodes, 2010) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2011) (music - 1 episode, 2010)
- Bone for Tuna (2012) ... (performer: "Dance of the Priestesses of Dagon" (from Samsom et Daliila) - uncredited)
- Under God's Power She Flourishes (2011) ... (lyrics: "Kiss Me Again" - uncredited)
- A Return to Normalcy (2010) ... (music: "Naughty Marietta Selection" - uncredited) / (performer: "Naughty Marietta Selection", "Jubel Overture" - uncredited)
- The Emerald City (2010) ... (performer: "Little Nemo Selection" - uncredited) / (writer: "Little Nemo Selection" - uncredited)
- Family Limitation (2010) ... (writer: "Memories/Kiss Me Again" - uncredited)
 2011 War on Terror (Documentary) (writer: "March of the Toys")
 2011 Barney: A Very Merry Christmas: The movie (Video) (music: "March of the Toys" - uncredited)
 2011 A Heartbeat Away (writer: "March of the Toy Soldiers")
 2010 The Real Story of Christmas (TV Movie) (music: "March of the Toys" (excerpt))
 2009 Jekyll & Canada (Video) (writer: "Everybody's Crazy Half of the Time", "Lullaby", "Out of His Heart")
 2009 The National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Great Nature: 1933-1945 (2009) ... (writer: "Indian Summer")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing (Video documentary) (music: "Sweethearts" - uncredited)
 2009 The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond (Video documentary) (music: "March of the Toys")
 2008 The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics (TV Movie documentary) (music: "Mother Goose Village and Lemonade" - uncredited)
 2007/I Play (Short) (writer: " (Auditorium) Festival March")
 2007 Desejo Proibido (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2007) ... (writer: "Céu Cor-de-Rosa (Indian Summer)")
 1997 Babes in Toyland (music: "March of the Toys")
 1997 MGM Sing-Alongs: Being Happy (Video short) (writer: "Toyland", "Toyland Reprise")
 1995 Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (Short) (writer: "Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1994 That's Entertainment! III (Documentary) (music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" (1910) - uncredited)
 1993 Short Cuts (writer: "Cello Concerto No. 2, Opus 30 (First Movement)" (1894), "Cello Concerto No. 2, Opus 30 (Second Movement)" (1894))
 1992 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- The Human Duplicators (1992) ... (music: "The Dream Melody (Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life)")
- Crash of Moons (1992) ... (music: "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited)
 1991 Tiny Toon Adventures (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Playtime Toons (1991) ... (music: "Playtime")
 1991 Designing Women (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Pearls of Wisdom (1991) ... (music: "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1990 Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1989 The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book One - Satan Claus (TV Short) (writer: "Toyland")
 1988 Sesame Street, Special (TV Movie) (writer: "Naughty Marietta")
 1988 The Woman He Loved (TV Movie) (music: "I'm Falling in Love With Someone" - uncredited)
 1985 A Room with a View (writer: "Mademoiselle Modiste")
 1976-1980 M*A*S*H (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- April Fools (1980) ... (music: "The Dream Melody (Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life)")
- Deluge (1976) ... (music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited)
 1980 The Ninth Configuration (music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1979 Disney Dimanche (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.1 (1979) ... (music: "Toyland")
 1979 S.O.S. Titanic (TV Movie) ("I'm Falling In Love With Someone", uncredited)
 1978 Magic (music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited)
 1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Cloris Leachman (1978) ... (music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1978 The Waltons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Spring Fever (1978) ... (writer: "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (as V. Herbert, "Dagger-Dance")
 1974 The Perry Como Christmas Show (TV Special) (writer: "Toyland")
 1974 Young Frankenstein (music: "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1973 All in the Family (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Archie the Gambler (1973) ... (music: "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited)
 1971 Bananas (music: "Naughty Marietta" (1910) - uncredited)
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie (music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (The Dream Melody)" - uncredited)
 1961-1966 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- Disneyland Around the Seasons (1966) ... (music: "March of the Toys" - uncredited)
- Back Stage Party (1961) ... (music: "Babes in Toyland" (excerpts))
 1965 Fanfare (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (1965) ... (music: "Italian Street Song" - uncredited)
 1964 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Horoscope (1964) ... (writer: "Gypsy Love Song (Slumber On, My Little Gypsy Sweetheart)" - uncredited)
 1963 The Judy Garland Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1963) ... (music: "Italian Street Song" - uncredited)
 1962 Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall (TV Special documentary) (writer: "History of Musical Comedy)
 1962 Here's Edie (TV Movie) (music: "Italian Street Song" - uncredited)
 1961 Babes in Toyland (music: "Mother Goose Village and Lemonade", "We Won't Be Happy Till We Get It", "Just A Whisper Away", "Castle in Spain", "Never Mind, Bo-Peep", "I Can't Do The Sum", "Floretta", "Forest of No Return", "Go To Sleep", "Toyland", "Workshop Song", "Just A Toy", "March of the Toys", "Tom and Mary", "We Won't Be Happy Till We Get It (Reprise #1)", "We Won't Be Happy Till We Get It (Reprise #2)")
 1961 Glenn Miller Time (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (1961) ... (music: "Indian Summer")
 1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Babes in Toyland (1960) ... (music: "Toyland", "Floretta", "Meantown", "Go To Sleep", "Toymaker's Shop", "I Can't Do The Sum", "March of the Toys")
 1959 Kovacs on Music (TV Movie) (music: "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1958 Jazz Party (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.20 (1958) ... (writer: "Indian Summer")
 1957 The Big Record (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (1957) ... (writer: "Naughty Marietta Medley" - uncredited)
 1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- The American Musical Comedy (1956) ... (music: "Opening Medley", "Italian Street Song")
 1952 Mouse-Warming (Short) (music: "Sweethearts" - uncredited)
 1951 The Great Caruso (writer: "Sweethearts" - uncredited)
 1951 Scent-imental Romeo (Short) (music: "Kiss Me Again' - uncredited)
 1949 Love Happy (writer: Gypsy Love Song" (1898) - uncredited)
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining (music: "A Kiss in the Dark" - uncredited)
 1949 A Kiss in the Dark (music: "A Kiss in the Dark" - uncredited)
 1948 Three Daring Daughters ("FLEURETTE", uncredited) / (writer: "SWEETHEARTS" - uncredited)
 1946 Holiday in Mexico (music: "Italian Street Song" - uncredited)
 1945 Thrill of a Romance (music: "I Want What I Want When I Want It" (1905) - uncredited)
 1944 Music for Millions (music: "The March of the Toys" (1903) - uncredited)
 1943 His Butler's Sister (music: "When You're Away" - uncredited)
 1943 Top Man (music: "Romany Life")
 1942 A Night to Remember (writer: "March of the Wooden Soldiers" (1903) - uncredited)
 1939 The Great Victor Herbert (music: "Someday", "Intermezzo: Al Fresco", "Thine Alone", "Punchinello", "All For You", "Kiss Me Again", "Absinthe Frappé", "Rose of the World", "A Kiss in the Dark", "March of the Toys", "Neapolitan Love Song", "There Once Was an Owl", "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life", "To the Land of My Own Romance", "I'm Falling in Love with Someone", "I Might Be Your Once-in-a-While", "The Bayaderes", "Rose of Algeria Fanfare", "The Enchantress-Act 1 Finale", "Ask Her While the Band is Playing", "I'm the Leader of Society", "How Do You Get That Way", "I Love Thee", "Beware of the Automobile", "Love is Best of All", "Princess Pat Finale", "Lullaby", "Chang the Lover")
 1939 Broadway Serenade (music: "Italian Street Song" (1910) - uncredited)
 1938 Sweethearts (music: "Sweethearts" (1938), "Wooden Shoes" (1938), "Every Lover Must Meet His Fate" (1938), "Pretty as a Picture" (1938), "Game of Love" (1938), "Summer Serenade" (1938), "On Parade" (1938), "Waiting for the Bride" (1938), "In the Convent They Never Taught Me That" (1913), "Madamoiselle" (1938), "The Angelus" (1913) - uncredited)
 1938 My Lucky Star (music: "March of the Toys")
 1935 Balloon Land (Short) (music: "March of the Toys" - uncredited)
 1935 Naughty Marietta (music: "Chansonette" (1910), "Antoinette and Anatole" (1910), "Live for Today" (1910), "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" (1910), "The Owl and the Polecat" (1910), "Neath the Southern Moon" (1910), "Italian Street Song" (1910), "Ship Ahoy" (1910), "I'm Falling in Love with Someone" (1910), "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" (1910), "Prayer" (1910) - uncredited)
 1934 Babes in Toyland (music: "Toyland" (1903), "Never Mind, Bo Peep" (1903), "Castle In Spain" (1903), "Go To Sleep" (1903), "March of the Toys" (1903), "I Can't Do The Sum" (1903) - uncredited)
 1933 Duck Soup (music: "Gypsy Love Song" (1898) uncredited)
 1933 The Secret of Madame Blanche (music: "Every Lover Must Meet His Fate" from the operetta "Sweethearts" (1913) - uncredited)
 1932 The Black King (music: "March of the Wooden Soldiers" - uncredited)
 1931 Kiss Me Again (music: "Clothes Parade" (1905), "Kiss Me Again" (1905), "A Make Believe Ladies Man" (1905), "The Mascot of the Troop" (1905), "Tomorrow May Bring Doubts and Tears" (1905), "I Want What I Want When I Want It" (1905), "Ballet Medley" (1905), "If I Were on the Stage" (1905), "The Time, the Place and the Girl" (1905) - uncredited)
 1930 Bear Shooters (Short) (music: "Never Mind Bo Peep")
 1930 When the Wind Blows (Short) (music: "Never Mind Bo Peep" - uncredited)
 1929 The Cocoanuts (writer: "GYPSY LOVE SONG" (1898) - uncredited)
 1929 Harry Horlick and His Famous A & P Gypsies (Short) (music: "March of the Toys", "Gypsy Love Song" - uncredited)
 1929 Green's Twentieth Century Faydetts (Short) (music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1929 The Holy Terror (Short) (music: "Never Mind Bo Peep" - uncredited)
 1929 Syncopation (music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited)
 1929 Synthetic Sin (music: "There Once Was an Owl" - uncredited)
 1929/I Musical Moments (Short) (music: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" - uncredited)
 1928 Scarlet Seas (music: "Karma" - uncredited)
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Stage Play: The Viceroy. Musical comedy (production played in repertory with Robin Hood, The Serenade). Music by Victor Herbert. Book by Harry B. Smith. Music orchestrated by Victor Herbert. Musical Director: Samuel L. Studley. Lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Directed by W.H. Fitzgerald. Knickerbocker Theatre: 30 Apr 1900- 5 May 1900 (28 ... See more »

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The first great figure in American musical theatre, Herbert is famous for his catchy, tuneful operettas, which are neither as Viennese as Sigmund Romberg's or Franz Lehár's nor as American as musicals were later to become in the hands of Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers. He wrote the music for such shows as "The Fortune Teller", "The Red Mill", "Naughty Marietta", "Eileen" and "... See more »

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