Conductor and composer Victor Herbert, circa 1895.
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Picture shows a close-up of Victor Herbert holding cello. Undated photo.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

An Irish-born virtuous cellist who immigrated to the United States in 1880s, Victor Herbert became one of nation's most popular composers and bandleaders, bridging the worlds of classical and American popular music. After serving as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1898 to 1904, Herbert founded the Victor Herbert Orchestra, which toured widely and made many popular recordings, including this orchestration of Pittsburgh composer Ethelbert Nevin's best selling "Venetian Long Song."

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