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 1101-1125 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 14392b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Ach, jakże bym go zapomnieć chciała Wiktorya Kawecka Female vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14395b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Cesarzu, cesarzu (You, emperor, you, emperor) Wiktorya Kawecka Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 14396b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Noc księżycowa Wiktorya Kawecka Female vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14397b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Piosnka węgierska Wiktorya Kawecka Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 14398b 10-in. Feb. 1910 To ty Wiktorya Kawecka Female vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14400b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Pójdź, pójdz, kotku bilty Wiktorya Kawecka Female vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14401b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Aria kadeta od rezervy Józef Redo Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14403b 10-in. Feb. 1910 To mój przyjaciel Kohn Józef Redo Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14405b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Ty, ty, moje marzenie Wiktorya Kawecka Female vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14406b 10-in. Feb. 1910 W późną noc Wiktorya Kawecka Female vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14421b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Dodatek nadzwyczajny Marjan Domosławski Vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 14422b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Przynajmniej wiesz co masz Marjan Domosławski Vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 14423b 10-in. Feb. 1910 Kupcie jaja Marjan Domosławski Vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 14543b 10-in. Mar. 1910 Noriu miego Vilniaus Lietuvius Rutos Choras Chorus recordist  
Gramophone 14562b 10-in. Mar. 1910 Linksma pavasario atelja diena Lit. Daimuke Skalsknite Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 14563b 10-in. Mar. 1910 Braulis ant dvaro Lit. Daimuke Skalsknite Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 14564b 10-in. Mar. 1910 Skanben prie kryziaus Lit. Daimuke Skalsknite Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 14565b 10-in. Mar. 1910 Zisme i panelę svenčiausia Lit. Daimuke Skalsknite Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 14568b 10-in. 3/19/1910 Ant kalno karklai siubavo Vilniaus Lietuvius Rutos Choras Vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 14569b 10-in. 7/26/1910 Sauible raudona Vilniaus Lietuvius Rutos Choras Vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 14575b 10-in. 7/26/1910 Kazatchek I. Rode Orchestra Balalaika orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 14606b 10-in. 8/16/1910 Odinokiy 1st Sumsky Hussar Regiment Band Band recordist  
Gramophone 14607b 10-in. 8/16/1910 Malorossysky kazatchek 1st Sumsky Hussar Regiment Band Band recordist  
Gramophone 15330b 10-in. 1/27/1911 Ustaliy kutila Zonophone Orchestra Orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15418b 10-in. 5/30/1911 Polka fantastique Carl Borgwald Bassoon solo, with orchestra recordist  
(Results 1101-1125 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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