We also will encourage community through the use of a forum where operetta lovers around the world can discuss their passion.
Finally, VHSource, LLC will provide performance packages for those orchestras who wish to perform Herbert and others, but who don't have the writers, researchers and time to devote to the creation of today's audience-friendly work.
In almost all cases, the music of older operettas is glorious and the librettos are archaic, pedantic and undoable. VHSource, LLC was founded on the idea that utilizing older librettos drives away more audience than it pulls in. But the music - oh, the music! That's what we want to save.
Victor Herbert and his contemporaries were composers of gorgeous melody. Herbert in particular was truly the foundation of modern popular song, Before there was a Berlin or a Kern or a Cohen, there was Herbert writing beautiful melody while the three composers were growing up. To ignore Herbert is to ignore the beginnings of truly American music. While the core of VHSource, LLC is the works of Herbert, it will expand to other operetta composers.
Sitting in a live performance of Herbert, Friml, Romberg, etc., especially with an orchestra is to truly reveille in fine music, nuanced orchestrations, and hummable songs. In fact, if you haven't heard these works with a live orchestra, you have not truly heard them. Good music leaves an indelible imprint on your brain - an interesting measure of quality that today's works often fail.
You will never walk out of a Herbert concert without hearing the music in your head for the next couple of weeks.
What does this mean for you the searcher? Instant access to the material you are seeking if you choose to re-create yourself. No waiting for the piece to be mailed or retrieved from a library. If you find the material you are seeking, you click on the product, provide your credit card information, check out and get the download link in less than 5 minutes. For those of you who ever spent weeks or months looking for a resource, you will be amazed at the WOW factor.
One often does not wish to use original piano vocals or librettos in a real production. The wear and tear destroys the valuable original. You'll want to photocopy the entire book. We've done the work for you and in a form that allows you to print it out as often as you like.
VHSource, LLC grew out of a belief, seemly held by today's leasing houses that there is NO REAL MARKET for Victor Herbert or any other operetta in the world of live performance. Alyce Mott, co-founder of the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project based in New York City, has personally gathered thousands of pages of Herbert material, spending long hours in the Library of Congress photocopying each page. Many of you have actually obtained materials by contacting Ms. Mott. Convinced the lack of easily obtained materials and the time it takes to assemble those materials, she has conceived VHSource, LLC as both a store to distribute these materials immediately and market performance packages and her consulting skills.
The aim of VHSource, LLC is to solve your two largest obstacles to performing Herbert and other operettas live:
- The difficulty of finding performance materials
- The archaic nature of the majority of librettos attached to these works.
VHSource, LLC is a company with two distinct divisions:
- Shop VHSource E-commerce Store
- VHSource Consulting