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 1026-1050 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 13799b 10-in. 10/9/1909 Nyisd ki babám az ajtót Radics Béla Czigany Zenekara Instrumental ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13803b 10-in. 10/12/1909 Kisangyalom induló Cs És Királyi 23 č Gyalogezred Zenekara Instrumental ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13806b 10-in. 10/12/1909 Magyar ábránd Cs És Királyi 23 č Gyalogezred Zenekara Instrumental ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13809b 10-in. 10/12/1909 Magyar ábránd Cs És Királyi 23 č Gyalogezred Zenekara Instrumental ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13810b 10-in. 10/12/1909 Kurucz nóták Cs És Királyi 23 č Gyalogezred Zenekara Instrumental ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13811b 10-in. 10/12/1909 Kurucz csárdás Cs És Királyi 23 č Gyalogezred Zenekara Instrumental ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13812b 10-in. 10/12/1909 Lavotta kesagője Cs És Királyi 23 č Gyalogezred Zenekara Instrumental ensemble recordist  
Gramophone 13825b 10-in. 10/13/1909 Badacsonyi borosüveg Imre Pintér Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 13827b 10-in. 10/13/1909 Here tyu tyu tyu Imre Pintér Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 13830b 10-in. 11/2/1909 Trionfa di nuovo speme Egidio Cunego ; Elena Ruszcowska Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13833b 10-in. 11/3/1909 Scena della Grecia—Serenata "La luna immobile" N. Ardoni ; Bianca Lavin de Casas ; Gaetano Pini-Corsi Vocal trio (soprano, mezzo-soprano, and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13839b 10-in. 11/5/1909 Valse des diamants Banda Municipale di Milano Band recordist  
Gramophone 13840b 10-in. 11/6/1909 Carillon valzer Banda Municipale di Milano Band recordist  
Gramophone 13846b 10-in. 11/9/1909 Angelica Banda Municipale di Milano Band recordist  
Gramophone 13854b 10-in. 11/8/1909 Inaffia l'ugola! Ernesto Badini Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13855b 10-in. 11/8/1909 Barcarola di Barnaba Ernesto Badini Baritone vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13863b 10-in. 11/9/1909 Kursaal Banda Municipale di Milano Band recordist  
Gramophone 13864b 10-in. 11/30/1909 Follettino Banda Municipale di Milano Band recordist  
Gramophone 13868b 10-in. 11/10/1909 La fourmilleuse Banda Municipale di Milano Band recordist  
Gramophone 13877b 10-in. 11/12/1909 Feste! Pane! Ernesto Badini ; Teatro alla Scala Coro Chorus and male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 13932b 10-in. 11/18/1909 Al ricovero verdi Diversi artisti, Milano [i.e., Colantuoni] Comic scene recordist  
Gramophone 13956b 10-in. 11/20/1909 Giulia Banda Municipale di Milano Band recordist  
Gramophone 13966½b 10-in. 11/22/1909 Le grandi manovre Unidentified performer(s) (Gramophone Co.) Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 14028b 10-in. 12/6/1909 Amore, amore Pietro Lara Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14030b 10-in. 6/12/1909 Serenata Pietro Lara Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
(Results 1026-1050 of 1207 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed April 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 April 2021.

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