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|
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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