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 1126-1150 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 15430b 10-in. 6/13/1911 Nachtzauber Nebe-Quartett Male vocal quartet recordist  
Gramophone 15574b 10-in. 8/4/1911 Warum denn hielt’st du mich sehnend umfangen? Robert Leonhardt ; Gertrud Runge Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15575b 10-in. 8/4/1911 Was gibt’s? Du sagtest doch Robert Leonhardt ; Gertrud Runge Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15578b 10-in. 8/12/1911 Musikalische Ständchen Hans Blädel Male vocal solo, with clarinet, trumpet solo, and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15579b 10-in. 8/12/1911 Der traurige Jeremias Hans Blädel Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15625½b 10-in. 8/19/1911 Ex-Präsident Roosevelt aus Amerika Carl Bernhard Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 15626b 10-in. 8/19/1911 Ex-Präsident Roosevelt aus Amerika Carl Bernhardt Male vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 15634b 10-in. 8/19/1911 A Hupfata Dachauer Bauernkapelle Band recordist  
Gramophone 15635b 10-in. 8/19/1911 Zirndorfer Kirchweih Dachauer Bauernkapelle Band recordist  
Gramophone 15643b 10-in. 8/19/1911 Bayrische Farben Mirzl und Mina Vocal duet (yodeling), with band recordist  
Gramophone 15644b 10-in. 8/19/1911 Mein Steierland Mirzl und Mina Vocal duet (yodeling), with band recordist  
Gramophone 15651½b 10-in. 8/20/1911 Da Kare im Manöver Junker und Hönle Dialogue, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15658b 10-in. 8/20/1911 Der Polizeidiener Wastl Junker und Hönle Dialogue, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15674b 10-in. 8/21/1911 Oberbayrische Gebirgslieder Dachauer Bauernkapelle Chorus and yodeling, with band recordist  
Gramophone 15675b 10-in. 8/21/1911 Oberbayrische Gebirgslieder Dachauer Bauernkapelle Chorus and yodeling, with band recordist  
Gramophone 15677b 10-in. 8/22/1911 Zwoa Münchener Stoatrager Sigl und Stettmeyer Male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 15678b 10-in. 8/22/1911 Geh’, geh’ weg, Kloana Sigl und Stettmeyer Male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 15784b 10-in. 9/8/1911 Todessehnen Max Kuttner Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15786b 10-in. 9/8/1911 Das Zauberlied Max Kuttner Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15814b 10-in. 9/9/1911 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht Weimarsches Vokal-Quartett Vocal quartet recordist  
Gramophone 15816b 10-in. 9/9/1911 O du fröhliche, o du selige Weimarsches Vokal-Quartett Vocal quartet recordist  
Gramophone 15827b 10-in. 9/11/1911 Abendlich strahlt Fritz Feinhals Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15829b 10-in. 9/12/1911 Auf wolkigen Hoh'n Fritz Feinhals Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 15834b 10-in. 9/13/1911 Tichá noci, svatá noci Valentin Šindler Male vocal duet, with orchestra, pump organ, and bells recordist  
Gramophone 15836b 10-in. 9/13/1911 Ein Wiedersehen am Weihnachtsabend Lotte Müller ; Carl Nebe ; Rosa Porten Vocal trio, with organ and chimes recordist  
(Results 1126-1150 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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