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 1176-1200 of 1207 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 19053b 10-in. 3/23/1915 Una notte di tempesta nelle trincee italiane Unidentified performer(s) (Gramophone Co.) Dramatic scene recordist  
Gramophone 19086b 10-in. 4/2/1915 Andate, o mamma Giorgina Ermolli Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 19088b 10-in. 4/2/1915 Tu qui, Santuzza? Giorgina Ermolli ; Francesco Tuminello Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 19089b 10-in. 4/7/1915 Turiddu mi tolse l’onore Giorgina Ermolli ; Enrico Perna Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 19092b 10-in. 4/9/1915 Comare Santa, allor Giorgina Ermolli ; Enrico Perna Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 19093b 10-in. 4/9/1915 Il cavallo scalpita Enrico Perna Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra and chorus recordist  
Gramophone 19096b 10-in. 4/10/1915 Serenatella Mary Durville Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 19097b 10-in. 4/10/1915 Vieni Mary Durville Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 19101b 10-in. 4/12/1915 Marietta Mary Durville Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 19103b 10-in. 4/12/1915 La campane del villaggio Mary Durville Female vocal solo recordist  
Gramophone 19112b 10-in. 4/17/1915 A Tripoli Banda Militare Band recordist  
Gramophone 19154b 10-in. 4/24/1915 Serenata eccentrica Ines e Taki Female-male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 19156b 10-in. 4/24/1915 Avanti, Marcia 1915 Ines e Taki Female-male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 19159b 10-in. 4/24/1915 Rondinella d’amor Ines e Taki Female-male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 19160b 10-in. 4/24/1915 Voce di patria Ines e Taki Female-male vocal duet recordist  
Gramophone 19730b 10-in. 11/6/1915 Sirenien kukkiessa Wäinö Sola Male vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 19731b 10-in. 11/6/1915 Ties luoja ken sua suutelee Wäinö Sola Male vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 19743b 10-in. 11/6/1915 Ole armollinen Wäinö Sola Male vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 19752b 10-in. 11/6/1915 Serenaadi Wäinö Sola Male vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 19762b 10-in. 11/7/1915 Lienan kahvilaulu Ilvari Kainulainen Male vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 19769b 10-in. 11/7/1915 Tuulan tei Wäinö Sola Male vocal solo, with piano recordist  
Gramophone 20018b 10-in. 2/14/1917 Pranzare in casa? Reno Andreini ; Ernesto Badini ; Aristide Baracchi ; Vincenzo Bettoni ; Vincenzo Ceccarelli Vocal quintet (2 tenors, 2 baritones, and bass), with vocal chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 20020b 10-in. 2/14/1917 Ha visto? Reno Andreini ; Ernesto Badini ; Aristide Baracchi ; Vincenzo Bettoni ; Vincenzo Ceccarelli Vocal quintet (2 tenors, 2 baritones, and bass), with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 20040b 10-in. 2/21/1917 Ohè, lá! Le guardie! Adalgisa Giana Soprano vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 20048b 10-in. 2/21/1917 Sa dirmi, scusi, qual' è l'osteria? Vincenzo Bettoni ; Gemma Bosini Vocal duet (soprano and bass), with orchestra recordist  
(Results 1176-1200 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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