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|
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.
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