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 976-1000 of 1207 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||13095b||10-in.||4/17/1909||Don Gregorio il semicroma||Antonio Pini-Corsi||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13111b||10-in.||4/24/1909||Largo al factotum||Ernesto Badini||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13126b||10-in.||4/26/1909||Una notte sulla laguna||Diversi artisti, Milano [i.e., Colantuoni]||Comic scene||recordist|
|Gramophone||13147b||10-in.||4/28/1909||Gavotta||Josephina Huguet||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13152b||10-in.||4/28/1909||'A campagnuola||Annita di Landa||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13157b||10-in.||4/28/1909||La spagnuola||Annita di Landa||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13164b||10-in.||4/30/1909||Stella||Josephina Huguet||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13173b||10-in.||5/1/1909||Piangi, fanciulla||Albertina Cassani ; Francesco Federici||Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13179b||10-in.||5/3/1909||Pari siamo||Ernesto Badini||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13180b||10-in.||5/3/1909||Non sapete||Ernesto Badini ; Giuletta Battaglioli||Vocal duet (mezzo-soprano and baritone), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13182b||10-in.||5/3/1909||Dio possente||Francesco Federici||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13186b||10-in.||5/4/1909||Ah, non giunge||Albertina Cassani||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13191b||10-in.||5/4/1909||Aria della serva||Josephina Huguet||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13217b||10-in.||5/10/1909||Fripponette||Luisella Lamy||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13218b||10-in.||5/10/1909||La mode||Luisella Lamy||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13220b||10-in.||5/10/1909||Giuochi d’amore||Luisella Lamy||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13221b||10-in.||5/10/1909||La pipa||Luisella Lamy||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13233b||10-in.||5/12/1909||Serenata||Ernesto Badini ; Salvatore Nicolicchia||Vocal duet (2 baritones), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13240b||10-in.||5/13/1909||Danza ungherese||Carlo Sabajno||Orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13241b||10-in.||5/13/1909||Danza ungherese||Carlo Sabajno||Orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13253b||10-in.||5/14/1909||O dolor||Aristodemo Giorgini ; Jules Massenet ; Salvatore Nicolicchia||Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and baritone), with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13331b||10-in.||5/21/1909||Sulla bocca amorosa||Fernando De Lucia||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13332b||10-in.||5/21/1909||Era di maggio||Fernando De Lucia||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||13336b||10-in.||5/21/1909||'O sole mio||Fernando De Lucia||Tenor vocal solo, with mandolin, violin, and piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||13337b||10-in.||5/21/1909||Carmela mia||Fernando De Lucia||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed April 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 April 2021.
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