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 151-175 of 1207 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||866c||12-in.||11/12/1906||Bella Italia||Mattia Battistini||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||876c||12-in.||approximately Nov. 1906||Da quel dì che t'ho veduta||Mattia Battistini ; Emilia Corsi||Vocal duet (soprano, and baritone), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||877c||12-in.||approximately Nov. 1906||Alla vita che t'arride||Mattia Battistini ; Carlo Sabajno||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||879c||12-in.||Nov. 1906||Lo vedremo, o veglia audace||Mattia Battistini ; Aristodemo Sillich||Vocal duet (baritone, and bass), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||880c||12-in.||ca. Nov. 1906||Vieni meco sol di rose||Mattia Battistini ; Emilia Corsi||Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with vocal chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||882c||12-in.||approximately Nov. 1906||Là ci darem là mano||Mattia Battistini ; Emilia Corsi||Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||883c||12-in.||Nov. 1906||Il mio Lionel||Mattia Battistini||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||884c||12-in.||ca. Nov. 1906||A tanto amor||Mattia Battistini||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||885c||12-in.||approximately Nov. 1906||O Lisbona||Mattia Battistini||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||886c||12-in.||approximately Nov. 1906||Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima?||Mattia Battistini||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||888c||12-in.||approximately Nov. 1906||Su queste rose||Mattia Battistini||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||889c||12-in.||ca. Nov. 1906||Perchè tremar?||Mattia Battistini||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||HO 892b||10-in.||3/5/1914||La furlana italiana||Orchestra Peerless||Band||recordist|
|Gramophone||HO 895b||10-in.||3/5/1914||La vrai furlana||Orchestra Peerless||Orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||901½c||12-in.||ca. 1906||Ve' se di notte, qui con la sposa||Francesco Cigada ; Ida Giacomelli ; Aristodemo Sillich||Vocal trio (soprano, baritone, and bass), with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||907c||12-in.||approximately 1906||Tempesta||Linda Brambilla ; Maria Cappiello ; Aristodemo Sillich||Vocal trio (2 mezzo-sopranos and bass), with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||908½c||12-in.||approximately 1906||O signor che dal tetto natio||Teatro alla Scala Coro||Vocal chorus, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||910c||12-in.||approximately 1906||Ch'io le parli||Francesco Cigada ; Aristodemo Sillich||Vocal duet (baritone and bass), with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||912c||12-in.||ca. 1906||Brahma, gran Dio||Linda Brambilla||Soprano vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||993c||12-in.||approximately Feb. 1907||Sound an alarm||Edward Lloyd||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||996ae||10-in.||7/5/1910||Otwórz Janku!||Wiktorya Kawecka||Female vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||1008c||12-in.||1907||Come into the garden, Maud||Edward Lloyd||Tenor vocal solo, with piano||recordist|
|Gramophone||1040c||12-in.||Apr. 1907||Va pensiero sull'ali dorate||Teatro alla Scala Coro||Vocal chorus, with orchestra||recordist|
|Gramophone||1092c||12-in.||Apr. 1907||Sahi habber||Mohamed El-Saba||Male vocal solo||recordist|
|Gramophone||1154c||12-in.||April 1940||Bikol marsoum||Cheikh Youssef El Manialawi||Male vocal solo||recordist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.
"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.
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