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 351-375 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 2838b 10-in. Nov. 1902 Donna non vidi mai Edoardo Garbin Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2843b 10-in. Nov. 1902 Una vergine Edoardo Garbin Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2853b 10-in. Nov. 1902 Guì, guì Berardo Cantalamessa Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 2861b 10-in. Nov. 1902 L'ideale Fernando de Lucia Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2863b 10-in. Nov. 1902 La donna è mobile Fernando de Lucia Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2864b 10-in. Nov. 1902 Il barbiere di Siviglia : Aria Fernando De Lucia Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2868b 10-in. Oct. 1903 Recondita armonia Fernando de Lucia Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2870b 10-in. Nov. 1902 Il sogno Fernando de Lucia Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2873b 10-in. 11/30/1902 Celeste Aïda Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2874b 10-in. 11/30/1902 Cielo e mar Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2875b 10-in. 11/30/1902 Vesti la giubba Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2876b 10-in. 11/30/1902 Siciliana Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2877b 10-in. 11/30/1902 Non t'amo più Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2879b 10-in. Dec. 1902 La mia canzone Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2882b 10-in. December 1902 Luna fedel Enrico Caruso Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2884b 10-in. Oct. 1903 O casto flor Giuseppe De Luca Baritone vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2886b 10-in. ca. Dec. 1902 Eri tu che macciavi quell' anima Giuseppe De Luca Baritone vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2887b 10-in. Dec. 1902 Come il romito fior Giuseppe De Luca Baritone vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2889b 10-in. 12/1/1902 Serenata Giuseppe De Luca Baritone vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 2906b 10-in. Dec. 1902 Il fischio Berardo Cantalamessa ; Olimpia d'Avigny Female-male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 2927b 10-in. Dec. 1902 L'altra notte in fondo al mare Cesira Ferrani Soprano vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 3001b 10-in. Feb. 1903 Esultate Francesco Tamagno Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 3002R[b] 10-in. Feb. 1903 Morte d'Otello Francesco Tamagno Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 3004b 10-in. Feb. 1903 Ora e per sempre addio Francesco Tamagno Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 3008b 10-in. Feb. 1903 Improvviso Francesco Tamagno Tenor vocal solo, with piano recordist  
(Results 351-375 of 1207 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed May 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 May 2021.

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