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 1201-1207 of 1207 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||20255b||10-in.||10/14/1918||Recondita armonia||Beniamino Gigli||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||20256b||10-in.||10/14/1918||E lucevan le stelle||Beniamino Gigli||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||20257b||10-in.||10/17/1918||Se tu mi do ni un'ora||Beniamino Gigli ; Carlo Scattola||Vocal duet (tenor and bass), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||20265b||10-in.||10/29/1918||'O surdato 'nnammurato||Beniamino Gigli||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||20270b||10-in.||11/6/1918||Apri la tua finestra||Beniamino Gigli||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||20275b||10-in.||11/9/1918||Giunto sul passo estremo||Beniamino Gigli||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||20520b||10-in.||5/30/1919||Il n'était pas là||M. Delayrac||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 March 2021.
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