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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

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-43945 10-in. 5/3/1928 Estrellita Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin, piano, composer, arranger  
Victor FS-73827 14-in. 10/19/1932 His Master's Voice of the air. No. 109-2 Fred Erdman ; Nathaniel Shilkret Radio transcription disc : Orchestra, with vocal and violin solos instrumentalist, violin, speaker, vocalist, baritone vocal, director  
Victor FS-73828 14-in. 10/19/1932 His Master's Voice of the air. No. 109-3 Fred Erdman ; Nathaniel Shilkret Radio transcription disc : Orchestra, with vocal and violin solos instrumentalist, violin, director, speaker, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CS-78974 12-in. 2/6/1934 Impromptu no. 3 Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet arranger, composer, instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Victor BS-81350 10-in. 2/2/1934 Sarabande Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, session supervisor, composer, arranger, violin  
Victor BS-023904 10-in. 6/27/1938 Hora staccato Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer, orchestrator, arranger, Musical group, conductor  
Decca 73167 10-in. 11/28/1945 Giant hills Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73168 11/28/1945 Florida night song Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73169 10-in. 11/28/1945 Moto perpetuo Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73172 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: Summertime Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73173 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73174 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73175 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: Tempo di blues Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73176 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: My man's gone now Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73177 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: GERSHWIN-Prelude No.1 Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73178 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: GERSHWIN-Prelude No.2 Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73179 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: GERSHWIN-Prelude No.3 Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73180 10-in. 11/29/1945 Golliwog's cake-walk (Debussy-Heifetz) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73181 10-in. 11/29/1945 Clair de lune (Debussy-Roelens) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73182 10-in. 11/29/1945 Ao pe da Fogueira, preludio XV (Valle) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73183 11/29/1945 Huella (Aguirra) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73184 10-in. 11/29/1945 Preludes No.1 & 2 (Shostakovich) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73185 11/29/1945 Wellenspiel (Waves at play) (Grasse) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73194 11/29/1945 Marche from The love for three oranges, Op.33 (Prokofiev) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73195 10-in. 11/29/1945 Masks (from Romeo and Juliet) (Prokofiev-Heifetz) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73196 10-in. 11/29/1945 Hexapoda (Bennett): Gutbucket Gus ; Jane shakes her hair Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73197 10-in. 11/29/1945 Hexapoda (Bennett): Betty & Harold close their eyes ; Jim jives Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73198 10-in. 11/29/1945 Hexapoda (Bennett): Till dawn Sunday Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73199 11/30/1945 Moderato assai (from The Three Penny Opera) (Weill) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73200 11/30/1945 Melodie in E flat Op.42 No.3 (Tchaikovsky) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73201 11/30/1945 Nocturne, Op.55 No.2 (Chopin) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73202 10-in. 11/30/1945 Melodie (Glück-Kreisler) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73203 11/30/1945 Prophetic bird, Op.82 No.7 (Schumann) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73204 10-in. 11/30/1945 Hymn to the sun (from Le Coq d'Or) (Rimsky-Korsakov-Kreisler) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73205 12/1/1945 Dance No.4 (Krein) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73206 10-in. 12/1/1945 Hungarian dance No.7 (Brahms-Joachim) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73207 12/1/1945 The swan (Saint Saens) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  
Decca 73367 2/16/1946 Giant hills (Burleigh) ; Moto perpetuo (Burleigh) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, piano, violin  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Heifetz, Jascha," accessed June 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103499.

Heifetz, Jascha. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103499.

"Heifetz, Jascha." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 June 2021.

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