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 1051-1075 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 14037b 10-in. 12/6/1909 'O gira sole R. Giglio Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14046b 10-in. 12/10/1909 Tarantella Surrentina R. Giglio Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14047b 10-in. 12/10/1909 Teresina Teresi R. Giglio Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14176½b 10-in. 1/29/1910 Vechornitzi: Viyut vitri, shey buynesenki Ukrainian Choir Vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 14178b 10-in. 1/29/1910 Oy, znati, znati, khto kogo lyube, narodnaya pesnya Ukrainian Choir Vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 14257b 10-in. 2/17/1910 Tidra, tidra Roman Leski-Fortwill ; Jan Sztern Male vocal duet, with accordion recordist  
Gramophone 14258b 10-in. 2/17/1910 Siwa gąska Roman Leski-Fortwill ; Jan Sztern Male vocal duet, with harmonica recordist  
Gramophone 14259b 10-in. 2/17/1910 Cwana galopka Jan Sztern Male vocal solo, with accordion recordist  
Gramophone 14260b 10-in. 2/17/1910 Figle amora Roman Leski-Fortwill ; Jan Sztern Male vocal duet, with accordion recordist  
Gramophone 14262b 10-in. 2/17/1910 Ładny szpas Roman Leski-Fortwill ; Jan Sztern [i.e., Jan Stern] Male vocal duet, with accordion recordist  
Gramophone 14263b 10-in. 2/17/1910 Czy to panna, czy mężatka? Roman Leski-Fortwill ; Jan Sztern [i.e., Jan Stern] Male vocal duet, with accordion recordist  
Gramophone 14264b 10-in. 2/17/1910 Polka šmieszka Roman Leski-Fortwill ; Jan Sztern Male vocal duet, with accordion recordist  
Gramophone 14266b 10-in. 2/17/1910 Rach-ciach-ciach Roman Leski-Fortwill ; Jan Sztern Male vocal duet, with accordion recordist  
Gramophone 14281b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Romantyczność Irena Ruszczycowna Recitation recordist  
Gramophone 14283b 10-in. Feb. 1910 A kiedy będziesz moją żoną (Ze mną razem) Irena Ruszczycowna Recitation recordist  
Gramophone 14292b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Feige jte A. Dranow Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14303b 10-in. Feb. 1910 W sạdzie Antoni Fertner ; Helena Pawłowska ; Wincenty Rapacki Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 14305b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Na wołówce Antoni Fertner ; Helena Pawłowska ; Wincenty Rapacki Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 14306b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Zawodowy dziad Antoni Fertner ; Helena Pawłowska ; Wincenty Rapacki Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 14307b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Na dworcu kolejowym Antoni Fertner ; Helena Pawłowska Dialogue recordist  
Gramophone 14309b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Kometa halaya Antoni Fertner ; Helena Pawłowska Dialogue recordist  
Gramophone 14310b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Życzenia stróża Antoni Fertner ; Helena Pawłowska ; Wincenty Rapacki Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 14311b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Aforymy o kobiecie Antoni Fertner Monologue recordist  
Gramophone 14312b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Mądre myśli Antoni Fertner Monologue recordist  
Gramophone 14313b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Nach Krakau Frau Glaser ; Herman Waisman Female-male vocal duet recordist  
(Results 1051-1075 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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