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|
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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