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 1001-1025 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 13357b 10-in. May 1909 O vouleftis Stella Kokini Female vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13376b 10-in. May 1909 La veuve joyeuse Stella Kokini Female vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13379b 10-in. May 1909 The geisha Greek comic vocalist (unidentified; Gramophone Co.) Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 13395b 10-in. May 1909 Serenata (Σερενάτα) Stella Kokini Female vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13417b 10-in. May 1909 Ellēnikē panēgyris (Ελληνική πανήγυρις) Greek Band [Gramophone Co., Turkey] Band recordist  
Gramophone 13424b 10-in. May 1909 Ellēnikos Ymnos (Ελληνικος Υμνος) Orchestra (unidentified; Gramophone Co., İzmir, Turkey) Orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13425b 10-in. May 1909 Maur' ein' ē nuchta (Μαυρ' ειν' η νυχτα) Orchestra (unidentified; Gramophone Co., İzmir, Turkey) Orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13427b 10-in. May 1909 Mē phoveisthe Graikoi (Μη φοβείσθε Γραικοί) Greek Band [Gramophone Co., Turkey] Band recordist  
Gramophone 13430b 10-in. May 1909 Apohorissis Athens Band Band recordist  
Gramophone 13432b 10-in. May 1909 Eothinon Athens Band Band recordist  
Gramophone 13456b 10-in. May 1909 Vlachoula Chant des Montagnes Vocal ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13457b 10-in. May 1909 Essis poulia Chant des Montagnes Vocal ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13460b 10-in. May 1909 Roumeliotica Chant des Montagnes Vocal ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13461b 10-in. May 1909 Cleftopoula Chant des Montagnes Vocal ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13466b 10-in. May 1909 Kyrie kekraxa (Κύριε κεκραξα) Church choir (unidentified; Gramophone Co., İzmir, Turkey) Vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 13467b 10-in. May 1909 Kinonikon (Κοινωνικόν) Church choir (unidentified; Gramophone Co., İzmir, Turkey) Vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 13469b 10-in. May 1909 I zoi en tafo Choeur Religieux [Gramophone Co., Turkey] Chorus recordist  
Gramophone 13548b 10-in. June 1909 Geisha : Air Stella Kokini Female vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13548b 10-in. June 1909 Ipopsifios vouleftis Greek comic vocalist (unidentified; Gramophone Co.) Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 13549b 10-in. June 1909 Geisha Greek comic vocalist (unidentified; Gramophone Co.) Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 13555b 10-in. Sept. 1909 Macedonka Milat Bušin Oboe solo recordist  
Gramophone 13783b 10-in. 10/9/1909 A víg özvegy Radics Béla Czigany Zenekara Orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13795b 10-in. 10/10/1909 Kéket virít az ibolya, nem sárgát Radics Béla Czigany Zenekara Orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13796b 10-in. 10/10/1909 Minek is van szerelem a világon Radics Béla Czigany Zenekara Orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13798b 10-in. 10/10/1909 Minek a szőke énnékem Radics Béla Czigany Zenekara Orchestra recordist  
(Results 1001-1025 of 1207 records)

Citation

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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