Item #39485 Tiller Girls. March by V.H. Autograph musical manuscript signed "V.H." Scored for piano solo. Victor HERBERT.

Tiller Girls. March by V.H. Autograph musical manuscript signed "V.H." Scored for piano solo

Folio. Dark red pebbled leather boards with "Victor Herbert Manuscript" gilt to upper.

1f. (recto title, verso blank), 4-1/2 pp. autograph music. 84 measures notated on 12-stave "T.B.H. No. 2" music paper. With "Born Feb. 1, 1859 in Dublin, Died May 26, 1924 in New York" in another hand at conclusion and annotations in pencil, possibly relating to additional works (including "Serenade"), to verso of final leaf, all most probably in the hand of Herbert's copyist, Charles Miller.

With autograph titling ("Tiller Girls March"), Herbert's initials, and tempo indication ("Tempo di Marcia") to head of page 1, and "Trio" to head of page 4.

With note laid in: "This mans. was given to me by Victor Herbert for my collection. [?]Irene [...]."

Disbound. Boards slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; spine defective; split at hinges. Minor wear and browning to manuscript; miniscule chip to blank lower outer edge; short tear to blank upper margin of final leaf repaired with archival tape to verso.

An Irish-born American composer, conductor and cellist, Herbert is considered "the most talented and successful American operetta composer. ... [He] was a prolific composer for the theatre, occasionally composing as many as four shows simultaneously. He wrote well over 50 full scores for the stage, in addition to numbers for the Ziegfeld Follies and elaborate private skits for entertainments of the Lambs, a theatrical club. Although he had as thorough a grounding in composition as any American composer of his day, he never lost the popular touch or the desire to reach large audiences with his music." Steven Ledbetter in Grove Music Online

The present number, "Tiller Girls," was written for a Ziegfeld Follies production that opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York on 24 June 1924; Herbert had passed away on his doctor's doorstep just over a month earlier, on 26 May 1924. "It was another posthumous production and contained only two scenes with new Herbert music. In Scene 10 of Act I occurred "A Garden" and "The Beauty Contest," which coalesced into a pageant of glamorous femininity; and in Scene 6 of Act II was an unnamed choreographic sequence performed by the Tiller Girls." Waters: Victor Herbert, p. 551.

The production featured a score by Herbert, Raymond Hubbell, David Stamper, Harry Tierney, and others and was based on a book by William Anthony McGuire and Will Rogers; lyrics included contributions by Gene Buck and Joseph M. McCarthy. The production ran for 520 performances.

The "Tiller Girls," a "precision dance" troupe first formed by John Tiller in Manchester, England in 1889, were extraordinarily popular, going on to perform in first and later iterations at the Folies Bergère in Paris; the London Palladium; the Palace Theatres in Manchester; in London (as the Palace Girls or Sunshine Girls); at the Blackpool Winter Gardens; on Broadway in New York; and at many other theaters throughout Europe and the U.S.

Apparently the final work composed by this icon of American musical theatre, with a note to head of title in pencil: "last composition composed May 25 or 26, 1924."

We would like to thank Herbert scholar Adam Aceto for his identification of the hand of the composer's copyist, Charles Miller.

Item #39485

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