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Jascha Heifetz

Jascha Heifetz (; February 2  [O.S. January 20] 1901 – December 10, 1987) was a Russian-American violinist. Many consider him the greatest violinist of all time. Born in Vilna (Vilnius), he moved as a teenager to the United States, where his Carnegie Hall debut was rapturously received. He was a virtuoso since childhood—Fritz Kreisler, another leading violinist of the twentieth century, said on hearing Heifetz's debut, "We might as well take our fiddles and break them across our knees."

He had a long and successful performing career. However, after an injury to his right (bowing) arm, he switched his focus to teaching.

Late in life, Heifetz became a dedicated teacher and a champion of socio-political causes. He publicly advocated to establish 911 as an emergency phone number, and crusaded for clean air. He and his students at the University of Southern California protested smog by wearing gas masks, and in 1967 he converted his Renault passenger car into an electric vehicle.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 2nd, 1901 (Vilnius), Died December 10th, 1987 (Los Angeles;Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: violin, arranger, piano

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 245 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-21068 10-in. 5/3/1928 Valse bluette Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-21068 10-in. 11/9/1917 Valse bluette Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-21069 12-in. 11/9/1917 Scherzo-tarantelle Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-21072 12-in. 12/31/1926 Ave Maria Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-21072 12-in. 11/9/1917 Ave Maria Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-21073 10-in. 11/9/1917 Chorus of dervishes Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-21074 10-in. 11/9/1917 Turkish march Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-21075 10-in. 11/9/1917 Capricieuse Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-21268 12-in. 12/19/1917 Hebrew melody Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-21269 10-in. 12/19/1917 Méditation Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-21270 12-in. 12/19/1917 Spanish dance op. 21, no 1 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-21271 12-in. 12/19/1917 La ronde des lutins Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-21271 12-in. 5/8/1928 La ronde des lutins Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-22266 12-in. 10/3/1918 Romance Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-22267 12-in. 10/3/1918 Moto perpetuo Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-22268 12-in. 10/3/1918 Introduction and tarantelle Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-22269 12-in. 10/3/1918 Nocturne in E flat Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-22270 10-in. 10/3/1918 Guitarre Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-22271 10-in. 10/3/1918 Sicilienne and rigaudon Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-22272 12-in. 5/8/1928 On wings of song Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-22272 12-in. 10/4/1918 On wings of song André Benoist ; Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-22273 10-in. 10/4/1918 Zapateado Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-22273 12-in. 12/31/1926 Zapateado Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-22273 12-in. 10/4/1918 Zapateado Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-22274 10-in. 10/4/1918 Caprice no. 20 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 1-25 of 245 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Heifetz, Jascha," accessed May 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103499.

Heifetz, Jascha. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103499.

"Heifetz, Jascha." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 May 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103499

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