Frederick William Gaisberg

Frederick William Gaisberg (1 January 1873 – 2 September 1951) was an American musician, recording engineer and one of the earliest classical music producers for the gramophone. He himself did not use the term 'producer', and was not an impresario like his protégé Walter Legge of EMI or an innovator like John Culshaw of Decca. Gaisberg concentrated on talent-scouting and persuading performers to make recordings for the newly invented Gramophone.

Gaisberg began working in the recording industry in America as a young man, becoming a pioneer of early recording, and also worked as piano accompanist for the Berliner Gram-O-Phone Company, the inventors of the practical lateral-groove disc and associated playback apparatus, the Berliner Gramophone. In 1898, he joined the Gramophone Company in England as its first recording engineer. In 1902, he recorded music sung by the tenor Enrico Caruso and the recordings became a sensation. By 1921, Gaisberg was artistic director of HMV's 'international artistes' department. After 1925, he concentrated on artist management. In 1939, he retired from his position but continued as a consultant in the industry through the 1940s.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1873 (Washington, D.C.), Died September 2nd, 1951 (Hampstead)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1892 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: recordist, composer, piano

Recordings (Results 251-275 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 1719½c 12-in. 1/24/1909 Hazzel hayat Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 1720½c 12-in. 1/24/1909 Hazzel hayat Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 1721c 12-in. 1/24/1909 Ya laylou inn - El habiba Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 1728c 12-in. 1/28/1909 Taksim layali Abd-el-Hai Effendi Helmi Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 1729c 12-in. 1/28/1909 Ya hadiyal eis Abd-el-Hai Effendi Helmi Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 1748b 10-in. 4/3/1902 Laudate pueri Dominum, part 2 Antonio Comandini ; Coro di Ragazzi Male vocal solo and chorus, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1749b 10-in. 4/3/1902 Laudate pueri Dominum, part 3 Antonio Comandini ; Coro di Ragazzi Male vocal solo and chorus, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1749c 12-in. 1/30/1909 El-helwe lamma Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi Male vocal solo, with oud and violin recordist  
Gramophone 1750b 10-in. Apr. 1902 Laudate pueri Dominum Antonio Comandini Tenor vocal solo, with vocal chorus and piano recordist  
Gramophone 1750c 12-in. 1/30/1909 El-helwe lamma Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi Male vocal solo, with oud and violin recordist  
Gramophone 1755b 10-in. Apr. 1902 Crucifixus Alessandro Moreschi Male soprano (castrato) vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1757c 12-in. 1/30/1909 En chakowt Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi Male vocal solo, with oud and violin recordist  
Gramophone 1758c 12-in. 1/30/1909 En chakowt Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi Male vocal solo, with oud and violin recordist  
Gramophone 1759b 10-in. 4/5/1902 Ave verum Sistine Chapel Choir Male vocal chorus and vocal quartet, unaccompanied recordist  
Gramophone 1760b 10-in. Apr. 1902 Intonouit do Coelo Sistine Chapel Choir Vocal chorus, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1782b 10-in. 4/11/1902 Studenti, udite Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano accompaniment recordist  
Gramophone 1787½c 12-in. 4/20/1909 Approfittiam Antonio Pini-Corsi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1788c 12-in. 4/20/1909 Ella compar Antonio Pini-Corsi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone G1788b 10-in. 4/11/1902 No, non chiuder gli occhi vaghi Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone G1790b 10-in. 4/11/1902 E lucevan le stelle Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 1794c 12-in. 4/21/1909 Già i sacerdoti Carlo Barrera ; Karolina Pietraszewska Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1799c 12-in. 4/23/1909 Su dounque, sorgete egzie coorti Ernesto Badini ; Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1807c 12-in. 4/24/1909 La Virgine degli angeli Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Soprano vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1808c 12-in. 4/27/1909 Concertato "Su del Nilo" Maria Cappiello ; G. Davi ; Giuseppe Quinzi-Tapergi ; Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Vocal quartet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra and mixed vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 1813c 12-in. 4/27/1909 Inflammatus et accensus Helena Zboińska-Ruszkowska Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
(Results 251-275 of 1207 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed April 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 April 2021.

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