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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 26-50 of 248 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-22275 10-in. 10/4/1918 Minuet Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-23403 10-in. 10/13/1919 Widmung Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-23404 10-in. 10/13/1919 Caprice in E flat major Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-23405 10-in. 10/13/1919 Sérénade, op. 4 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-23406 10-in. 10/13/1919 Scherzo, op. 42, no. 2 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-23407 12-in. 10/13/1919 Gypsy airs no. 2 (op. 20) Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-23408 12-in. 10/14/1919 Andante (Fourth movement) Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-23409 12-in. 10/14/1919 Valse Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-23410 12-in. 10/14/1919 Gypsy airs no. 1 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-23411 10-in. 10/14/1919 Slavonic dance no. 1 in G minor Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-23412 12-in. 10/14/1919 Slavonic dance no. 2 in E minor Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-23439 10-in. 10/28/1919 Slavonic dance no. 3 in G major Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-23440 10-in. 10/28/1919 Minuet in D Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-24467 12-in. 9/16/1920 Slavonic dance no. 3 in G major Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-24468 10-in. 9/16/1920 Hungarian dance no. 1 in G minor Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-24469 12-in. 9/16/1920 Rondo in G major Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-24470 10-in. 9/16/1920 Caprice no. 13 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-24471 12-in. 9/16/1920 Berceuse, op. 28, no. 3 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-24472 12-in. 9/16/1920 Concerto in E minor, op. 64 : Finale Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-24475 12-in. 9/17/1920 Canzonetta Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-24476 12-in. 9/17/1920 Andante Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-24477 10-in. 9/17/1920 Waltz in D major Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-24478 12-in. 9/18/1920 Sérénade mélancolique, op. 26 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-27033 12-in. 10/19/1922 Grand adagio Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-27033 10-in. 10/19/1922 Grand adagio Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 26-50 of 248 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Heifetz, Jascha," accessed September 27, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103499.

Heifetz, Jascha. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 27, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103499.

"Heifetz, Jascha." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 27 September 2022.

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

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