Few, though, will ever have heard Herbert’s instrumental works. Heifetz was attracted to his À la valse, recorded in the 1940s, and another violinist, Maud Powell, made a disc of another Herbert waltz—Petite Valse (originally for cello)—in 1916, the year after its composition. Otherwise little has ever been committed to disc. Here is a third waltz, one of Herbert’s twenty-four compositons for solo piano. La coquette – valse brillante was written in 1900, light relief after a string of ten full-length stage works written in the space of six years. It’s an attractive morceau (in A flat with a central section in C major) that makes one curious to hear others, especially the intriguingly titled La Ghazel, Marion Davies March, Get Together, On Your Way and Valse à la mode, the last three written under the pseudonym of Nobel MacClure.
from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2003