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 101-125 of 1207 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||553aj||12-in.||2/18/1913||Tornami a dir che m'ami||Salvatore Salvati ; Serafina Scalfaro||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor)||recordist|
|Gramophone||556f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||On parting||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||557f||12-in.||ca. Dec. 1905||Within a mile of Edinboro' town||Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||561c||12-in.||ca. 1905||In mia mano alfi tu sei||Ida Giacomelli ; Gino Martinez-Patti||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||561aj||12-in.||2/21/1913||O mio Fernando||Ida Zizolfi||Female vocal solo||recordist|
|Gramophone||563c||12-in.||approximately 1905||Manca un foglio||Antonio Pini-Corsi||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||569aj||12-in.||2/24/1913||Gioconda : Fantasia||Orchestra (unidentified; Gramophone Co., Milan, Italy)||Orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||575½aj||12-in.||2/25/1913||Deh, non volermi vittima||Elvira Barbieri ; Vincenzo Bettoni ; Fausto Castellani||Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with chorus||recordist|
|Gramophone||577c||12-in.||Fall 1905||Non hai compreso un cor fedel||Giuseppina Piccoletti ; Ivo Zaccari||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||582aj||12-in.||2/27/1913||Qual cor tradisti||Elvira Barbieri ; Fausto Castellani||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with chorus||recordist|
|Gramophone||586aj||12-in.||2/28/1913||Brindisi libiam nei lieti calici||Franco de Gregorio ; Serafina Scalfaro||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with chorus||recordist|
|Gramophone||590aj||12-in.||3/1/1913||Coro degli zingari||Teatro alla Scala Coro||Chorus, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||604½c||12-in.||approximately May 1906||Sola nei miei prim'anni||Emilia Corsi||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||606aj||12-in.||3/7/1913||Splendon le sacri faci||Malvina Pereira||Soprano vocal solo||recordist|
|Gramophone||607aj||12-in.||3/8/1913||Verranno a te||Malvina Pereira ; Salvatore Salvati||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||608c||12-in.||ca. May 1906||Racconto del Graal||Pietro Lara||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||610aj||12-in.||3/8/1913||Maledizione : Quartetto||Vincenzo Bettoni ; Franco de Gregorio ; Giuseppe Maggi ; Malvina Pereira||Vocal quartet (soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||615aj||12-in.||3/10/1913||Parigi, o cara||Noemi Casini ; Franco de Gregorio||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with chorus||recordist|
|Gramophone||618c||12-in.||ca. May 1906||Quasi vinti da stanchezza||Renzo Minolfi ; Teatro alla Scala Coro||Baritone vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||618aj||12-in.||3/13/1913||Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core||Giorgina Caprile ; Franco de Gregorio||Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and baritone), with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||619aj||12-in.||3/13/1913||Libiamo, libiamo||Frederick William Gaisberg||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||620c||12-in.||approximately May 1906||Parigi, o cara||Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||621c||12-in.||approximately May 1906||Non hai compreso un cor fedel||Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||622c||12-in.||May 1906||Dei miei bollenti spiriti||Fernando De Lucia||Tenor vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||628aj||12-in.||3/17/1913||Faust : Potpourri||Orchestra (unidentified; Gramophone Co., Milan, Italy)||Orchestra||recordist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.
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