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Victor Herbert

Victor Herbert

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General Info

Year: 1896
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet Solo-I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Herbert’s operetta The Gold Bug opened at the Casino in New York City in September of 1896 and closed one week later It was ill-fated from the beginning. Its early demise was attributed to inadequate preparation and a less-than-exciting plot that included the following characters; Penn Holder, the private secretary, Doolittle Work, a social highwayman, and Constant Steele, a politician. Two songs and The Gold Bug March are all that remain from the operetta, which was never published. At the time, Herbert was busy with preparing another operetta, along with preparing another full season with his 22nd Regiment Band. As a result, he was not really concerned with the show’s failure.

The Gold Bug March, with its catchy melodies and a whistling chorus in the trio, proved to be one of his most popular concert band works.

- Program Note from March Music Notes

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Ohlone Community Band (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 11 October 2017

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