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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 2, 1901 (Vilnius), Died December 10, 1987 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: violin, arranger, piano

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 226-248 of 248 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 73181 10-in. 11/29/1945 Clair de lune (Debussy-Roelens) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73182 10-in. 11/29/1945 Ao pe da Fogueira, preludio XV (Valle) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73183 11/29/1945 Huella (Aguirra) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73184 10-in. 11/29/1945 Preludes No.1 & 2 (Shostakovich) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73185 11/29/1945 Wellenspiel (Waves at play) (Grasse) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73194 11/29/1945 Marche from The love for three oranges, Op.33 (Prokofiev) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73195 10-in. 11/29/1945 Masks (from Romeo and Juliet) (Prokofiev-Heifetz) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73196 10-in. 11/29/1945 Hexapoda (Bennett): Gutbucket Gus ; Jane shakes her hair Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73197 10-in. 11/29/1945 Hexapoda (Bennett): Betty & Harold close their eyes ; Jim jives Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73198 10-in. 11/29/1945 Hexapoda (Bennett): Till dawn Sunday Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73199 11/30/1945 Moderato assai (from The Three Penny Opera) (Weill) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73200 11/30/1945 Melodie in E flat Op.42 No.3 (Tchaikovsky) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73201 11/30/1945 Nocturne, Op.55 No.2 (Chopin) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73202 10-in. 11/30/1945 Melodie (Glück-Kreisler) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73203 11/30/1945 Prophetic bird, Op.82 No.7 (Schumann) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73204 10-in. 11/30/1945 Hymn to the sun (from Le Coq d'Or) (Rimsky-Korsakov-Kreisler) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73205 12/1/1945 Dance No.4 (Krein) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73206 10-in. 12/1/1945 Hungarian dance No.7 (Brahms-Joachim) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73207 12/1/1945 The swan (Saint Saens) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73367 2/16/1946 Giant hills (Burleigh) ; Moto perpetuo (Burleigh) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca L 4227 7/13/1946 Lullaby (from Jocelyn) Bing Crosby ; Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca L 4228 7/13/1946 When my caravan has rested Bing Crosby ; Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Columbia (U.K.) CL4497 10-in. 10/11/1933 Hora staccato Joseph Benvenuti ; Miguel Candela Violin solo, with piano arranger  
(Results 226-248 of 248 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Heifetz, Jascha," accessed September 28, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103499.

Heifetz, Jascha. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103499.

"Heifetz, Jascha." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 September 2022.

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

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