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 1151-1175 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 15837b 10-in. 9/13/1911 Klein Elschens Weihnachtswunsch Lotte Müller ; Carl Nebe Vocal duet, with organ and chimes recordist  
Gramophone 15840b 10-in. 9/14/1911 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht Nebe-Quartett Male vocal quartet, with organ and chimes recordist  
Gramophone 15843½b 10-in. 9/14/1911 Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe Nebe-Quartett Male vocal quartet, with organ and chimes recordist  
Gramophone 15845b 10-in. 9/14/1911 Ungeduld Alexander Heinemann Baritone vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 15846b 10-in. 9/14/1911 Ich liebe dich Alexander Heinemann Baritone vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 15847b 10-in. 9/14/1911 Es blinkt der tau Alexander Heinemann Baritone vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 15848b 10-in. 9/14/1911 Phyllis und die Mutter Alexander Heinemann Baritone vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 16078b 10-in. 10/23/1911 Milost myra Russian Church Chorus Vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 16079b 10-in. 10/23/1911 Tebe poiem Russian Church Chorus Vocal chorus recordist  
Gramophone 16095b 10-in. 10/25/1911 Nasch oboz Zygansky Khor Vocal chorus, with vocal soloist recordist  
Gramophone 16099b 10-in. 10/25/1911 Lounnoi notchiu Zygansky Khor Vocal chorus, with vocal soloist recordist  
Gramophone 16291b 10-in. Feb. 1912 Asszonykám adj egy kis kimenőt Deszö Gyárfás Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 16293b 10-in. Feb. 1912 Aranyos nagysád Deszö Gyárfás Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 16294b 10-in. Feb. 1912 Pethő Pinkász Deszö Gyárfás Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 16295b 10-in. Feb. 1912 Binsensteinné I. Deszö Gyárfás Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 16296b 10-in. Feb. 1912 Binsensteinné II. Deszö Gyárfás Male vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 17082b 10-in. 12/10/1912 Bozhe, tzarya khrani Imperial Opera Chorus Vocal chorus, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 17827½b 10-in. 8/21/1913 Apri la tua finestra Dmitriĭ Alekseevich Smirnov Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 19036b 10-in. 3/19/1915 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 19041b 10-in. 3/21/1915 I Garibaldini Italiani nelle Argonne Luigi Prestini Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 19043b 10-in. 3/21/1915 Il Kaiser e il vecchio Dio Luigi Prestini Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 19044b 10-in. 3/22/1915 Una chiesetta patriottico Luigi Prestini Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 19047b 10-in. 3/22/1915 Da un campanile all’altro ossia il bombardamento Luigi Prestini Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 19048b 10-in. 3/22/1915 La poesia della campane mattutino villereccio Luigi Prestini Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 19052b 10-in. 3/23/1915 Il primo giorno di trento italiana Unidentified performer(s) (Gramophone Co.) Dramatic scene recordist  
(Results 1151-1175 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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