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 1, 1873 (Washington, D.C.), Died September 2, 1951 (Hampstead)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1892 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: recordist, composer, piano

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Recordings (Results 201-225 of 1229 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 1211½c 12-in. ca. June 1907 No, Pagliaccio, non son Antonio Paoli Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1212c 12-in. June 1907 Coro delle campane Teatro alla Scala Coro ; Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1215½c 12-in. ca. June 1907 Un grande spettacolo Francesco Cigada ; Antonio Paoli ; Gaetano Pini-Corsi ; Giuseppe Rosci Vocal quartet (2 tenors and 2 baritones), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1216c 12-in. ca. June 1907 Un tal gioco Antonio Paoli Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1220c 12-in. June 1907 Nulla scordai Ernesto Badini ; Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet Vocal trio (soprano and 2 baritones), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1221c 12-in. June 1907 So ben che difforme Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and baritone) with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1222½c 12-in. June 1907 La commedia Josephina Huguet ; Gaetano Pini-Corsi Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1225c 12-in. June 1907 Che volo d'angelli Josephina Huguet Female vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1229c 12-in. June 1907 La commedia Francesco Cigada ; Josephina Huguet ; Gaetano Pini-Corsi Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1235c 12-in. 1907 La fata sei Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1239c 12-in. 7/6/1907 No, pagliaccio non son Augusto Barbaini Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1247c 12-in. 1907 L'Albatro e teco Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1254c 12-in. June 1907 Hermes : Finale ultimo Francesco Cigada ; Ida Giacomelli Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1260c 12-in. June 1907 Dio, mi potevi scagliare Antonio Paoli Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1264c 12-in. June 1907 Cavalleria Rusticana : Intermezzo Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1266c 12-in. 1907 Gaddu alla triste casa Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1274c 12-in. 1907 Ricordanze Augusto Scampini Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1276c 12-in. 1907 Ella giammai m'amò Andrés de Segurola Bass vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1277c 12-in. 1907 Dormirò solo Andrés de Segurola Bass vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1286c 12-in. 1907 Infelice, e tuo credevi Andrés de Segurola Bass vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1307c 12-in. approximately Oct. 1907 Ballata d'Ofelia Maria Galvany Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1315c 12-in. approximately Oct. 1907 Brindisi Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1323c 12-in. 1907 Mignon : Introduzione Andrés de Segurola Bass vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1339c 12-in. approximately 1907 Sorgea la notte Andrés de Segurola Bass vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
Gramophone 1340c 12-in. approximately Oct. 1907 O lieto suol della Turenna Maria Galvany Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra recordist  
(Results 201-225 of 1229 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gaisberg, Frederick William," accessed June 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

Gaisberg, Frederick William. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116625.

"Gaisberg, Frederick William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 June 2024.

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