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Frederick W. Hager

Frederick W. Hager (December 31, 1874 - March 3, 1958) was a musician, recording artist, composer, and music director active in the United States between 1895 and 1923.

Hager was born in New Milford, Pennsylvania in 1874 and began studying violin at 8 years old. He received a scholarship to study violin at the National Conservatory, and led his own band in New York City at the age of 21. In 1898 he began recording for Harms, Kaiser and Hagen, a recently formed independent record company based in New York and in September of that year won the Phonoscope gold medal for best violin record for Schumann's Traumerei. He began recording for Edison in 1899 and Zonophone and Columbia in 1900. Between 1900 and 1907 Hager served as a bandleader for Edison (Edison's Concert Band), Zonophone (Hager's Orchestra), and Columbia (Columbia Orchestra, Climax Orchestra) recording hundreds of sides and becoming the nation's leading recording orchestra.

He was composing at the same time, and beginning around 1903 published a number of successful popular songs, including Laughing Water, The Midnight Flyer, and My Ramapoo. He worked in music publishing between 1907 and 1910 before returning to the recording industry as a musical director (choosing artists and repertoire) for several startup companies including the Boston Talking Machine Company, Keen-O-Phone, and Rex Talking Machine. In 1918 he began as musical director for OKeh Records, one of the most successful independent labels of the time. In this role he managed the recording of Mamie Smith's historic recording of Crazy Blues that initiated the "Race Records" craze in the U.S. Hager retired from recording in 1923 to Long Island, New York and died in Dunedin, Florida in 1958.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 31st, 1874 (New Milford), Died March 3rd, 1958 (Dunedin)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, violin, songwriter, leader, lyricist, arranger, conductor, author

Recordings (Results 201-216 of 216 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Zonophone [Zo cat G9065] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 Faust : Waltz Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9066] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 Hungarian dance Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9067] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 Traumerei Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9076] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Pilgrim's chorus Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9077] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Die Freisch├╝tz : Prayer Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9080] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Annie Laurie Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9082] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Old black Joe Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9083] 7-in. Before Oct. 1900 Polish national dance Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9462] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 Spring song Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9463] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 La cinquantaine Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9464] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 Irish fantasie Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9465] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9466] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 Hearts and flowers Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Zonophone [Zo cat G9467] 7-in. Before Nov. 1900 Melodie Frederick W. Hager Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cat 230-B] 10-in. between late 1908 and early 1909 Minerva Orchestra (probably Leeds & Catlin house orchestra) Orchestra author  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cat 4187] 10-in. between late 1903 and 1904 Hungarian dance Frederick W. Hager Male vocal solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 201-216 of 216 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hager, Frederick W.," accessed April 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109.

Hager, Frederick W.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109.

"Hager, Frederick W.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 April 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111109

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