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 76-100 of 1207 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||494½c||12-in.||approximately 1905||Le minaccie||Ernesto Caronna ; Luigi Colazza||Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||495ac||12-in.||11/27/1912||Cuento||Emilio Sagi-Barba||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||497c||12-in.||approximately 1905||Sei vendicata assai||Ernesto Caronna||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||500aj||12-in.||9/28/1912||Gloria a chi vince||Ernesto Badini ; Giulia Martinengo||Vocal duet (mezzo-soprano and baritone), with chorus||recordist|
|Gramophone||501aj||12-in.||9/28/1912||Suo core un tugurio||Ernesto Badini ; Luca Botta ; Giulia Martinengo||Vocal trio (mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone), with chorus||recordist|
|Gramophone||505aj||12-in.||9/28/1912||Sulle arene d'oro||Teatro alla Scala Coro||Mixed vocal chorus||recordist|
|Gramophone||508aj||12-in.||9/29/1912||Prendi, quest'e l'immagine||Ernesto Badini ; Ebe Boccolini ; Luca Botta||Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||535½c||12-in.||ca. 1905||Già l'odio m'abbandona||Celestina Boninsegna||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||537c||12-in.||ca. 1905||Tacea la notte placida||Celestina Boninsegna||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||537f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||Voi che sapete||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||538c||12-in.||1905, before Oct.||Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa||Celestina Boninsegna||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||538f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||Pur dicesti||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||539f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||Home, sweet home||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||540f||12-in.||Dec. 1905||Old folks at home||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||541f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||Batti, batti, o bel Masetto||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||542½c||12-in.||1905||Vien Leonora||Francesco Cigada||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||543f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||Air des bijoux||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||545f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||Kathleen Mavourneen||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||547f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||Ave Maria||Adelina Patti ; Landon Ronald||Soprano vocal solo, with piano accompaniment and violin obbligato||recordist|
|Gramophone||548f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||La serenata||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||549c||12-in.||approximately 1905||Addio, Mignon||Fernando De Lucia||Tenor vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||549f||12-in.||Dec. 1905||Robin Adair||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||551f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||Si vous n'avez rien à me dire||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||552f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||Comin 'thro' the rye||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||553f||12-in.||Dec. 1905||The last rose of summer||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.
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