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 1076-1100 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 14314b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Esra der ewige Jude : Lemele me! Frau Glaser ; Herman Waisman Female-male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 14316b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Die Schweiger : A mensch soll men sein Frau Glaser ; Herman Waisman Female-male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 14320b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Wos thut nit a Jud zu lieb Parnose Herman Waisman Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14323b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Steh auf mein Mann, thu an die Tachtoinim Herman Waisman Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14324b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Chane mit Joelin Frau Glaser ; Herman Waisman Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14330b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Gwiazdka Chór Koscielny Vocal chorus, with organ and bells recordist  
Gramophone 14331b 10-in. Feb. 1910 W żłobie leży (Kolęda) Chór Koscielny Vocal chorus, with organ and bells recordist  
Gramophone 14332b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Gdy się Chrystus rodzi Chór Koscielny Vocal chorus, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 14333b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Wśród nocnej ciszy Chór Koscielny Chorus, with organ and bells recordist  
Gramophone 14334b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Serdeczna matko Chór Koscielny Chorus, with organ and bells recordist  
Gramophone 14335b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Zdrowaś Marya Chór Koscielny Vocal chorus, with organ and bells recordist  
Gramophone 14336b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Kiedy ranne wstają zorze Chór Koscielny Vocal chorus, with organ and bells recordist  
Gramophone 14337b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Gwiazdo śliczna Chór Koscielny Vocal chorus, with organ and bells recordist  
Gramophone 14338b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Chłop u fotografa (Dialog) Marjan Domosławski ; Wincenty Rapacki Dialogue recordist  
Gramophone 14339b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Maciek francuzem Marjan Domosławski ; Wincenty Rapacki Dialogue recordist  
Gramophone 14340b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Źydowski mazur Marjan Domosławski ; Wincenty Rapacki Vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 14341b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Dowcipne odpowiedzi Wincenty Rapacki Comic dialogue recordist  
Gramophone 14342b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Komiczna serenada Marjan Domosławski ; Wincenty Rapacki Female-male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 14343b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Pod oknem u fipci (Komiczna serenada) Marjan Domosławski ; Wincenty Rapacki Vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 14346b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Kalmen Schadchen A. Dranow ; Herman Waisman Vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 14355b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Wenn ich bin Rotschild Seljaso Recitation recordist  
Gramophone 14357b 10-in. Feb. 1910 L’ojlom tikach Herman Waisman Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14381b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Strażak i kucharka Marjan Domosławski ; Marja Jarkowska Female-male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 14384b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Hiszpanka Marja Jarkowska Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 14387b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Gejska : Kuplety Marja Jarkowska Female vocal solo recordist  
(Results 1076-1100 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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