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 126-150 of 1207 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||630c||12-in.||approximately May 1906||Ah, qual colpo||Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet ; Antonio Pini-Corsi||Vocal trio (soprano, tenor and baritone), with piano accompaniment||recordist|
|Gramophone||HO634c||12-in.||2/2/1915||Divine service on a battlefield||Rev. J. R. Parkyn||Religious service||recordist|
|Gramophone||HO636c||12-in.||2/2/1915||Service on a battlefield||Rev. J. R. Parkyn||Religious service||recordist|
|Gramophone||637c||12-in.||ca. May 1906||Manca un foglio||Antonio Pini-Corsi||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||638c||12-in.||approximately May 1906||E' il sol dell'anima||Fernando De Lucia ; Josephina Huguet||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||HO646c||12-in.||2/17/1915||Masindi||Arthur Crudge ; Mayfair Band||Band||recordist|
|Gramophone||650aj||12-in.||3/19/1913||Mimi è una civetta||Noemi Casini ; Franco de Gregorio ; Paoli Ferretti||Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||651c||12-in.||approximately May 1906||Re dell' abisso||Emma Zaccaria||Soprano vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||653c||12-in.||ca. May 1906||Pronta io son||Ernesto Badini ; Emilia Corsi||Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||656½c||12-in.||ca. May 1906||Sinfonia||Teatro alla Scala Orchestra||Orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||656c||12-in.||approximately May 1906||Der fliegende Holländer : Sinfonia||Teatro alla Scala Orchestra||Orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||662c||12-in.||ca. May 1906||Sinfonia||Carlo Sabajno ; Teatro alla Scala Orchestra||Orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||684½c||12-in.||June 1906||La calasera||Alfredo Barili ; Adelina Patti||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||691c||12-in.||7/11/1906||Pastorale||Nellie Melba||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||702c||12-in.||7/18/1906||To the angels||Amy Castles ; W. H. Squire||Soprano vocal solo, with piano accompaniment and cello obbligato||recordist|
|Gramophone||713b||10-in.||Jan. 1901||Romance de l'etoile||Maurice Renaud||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||716b||10-in.||Jan. 1901||Le Roi de Lahore : Air||Maurice Renaud||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||718b||10-in.||Jan. 1901||Pour tant d'amour||Maurice Renaud||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||725c||12-in.||8/23/1906||Mélodie||Mischa Elman||Violin and piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||727c||12-in.||ca. Aug. 1906||Nocturne in E flat||Mischa Elman||Violin and piano duet||recordist|
|Gramophone||791c||12-in.||October 1906||Largo al factotum||Titta Ruffo||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||792c||12-in.||October 1906||Dio possente||Titta Ruffo||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||801c||12-in.||Oct. 1906||Com'è gentil||Aristodemo Giorgini||Tenor vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||854c||12-in.||approximately Nov. 1906||O dolce voluttà||Celestina Boninsegna ; Luigi Colazza||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||855c||12-in.||Nov. 1906||Uniti in vita e in morte||Luigi Colazza ; Renzo Minolfi||Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with vocal chorus and 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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