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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 (Results 51-75 of 248 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-27034 10-in. 10/19/1922 Hebrew lullaby Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-27035 10-in. 10/19/1922 Spanish dance Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-27036 12-in. 10/19/1922 Air de Lenski Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-27037 10-in. 10/19/1922 Vivace Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-27038 12-in. 10/20/1922 Nocturne, op. 27, no. 2 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-27046 12-in. 10/20/1922 Habanera Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-30929 10-in. 9/24/1924 Nocturne Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-30930 10-in. 9/24/1924 Cortege Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-30931 12-in. 9/24/1924 Hebrew dance Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-30932 10-in. 9/24/1924 Tambourin Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-30936 10-in. 9/24/1924 Stimmung Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-31379 10-in. 12/18/1924 The gentle maiden Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-31380 12-in. 12/18/1924 Sonata 1 : Slow movement in C minor Jascha Heifetz Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-31380 12-in. 5/8/1928 Sonata in C minor : Second movement Jascha Heifetz Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor B-31381 10-in. 12/18/1924 Sicilienne Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-31382 12-in. 12/19/1924 Havanaise Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor C-31383 12-in. 12/19/1924 Carmen : Fantasie Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-34070 12-in. 12/29/1925 Waltz Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-34071 12-in. 12/29/1925 Scherzo impromptu Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-34072 12-in. 12/29/1925 Minuetto, nos. 1 and 2 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-37290 12-in. 12/29/1926 La fille aux cheveux de lin Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-38948 12-in. 12/31/1926 Rondo Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CVE-38949 12-in. 12/31/1926 Hebrew melody Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BVE-43945 10-in. 5/3/1928 Estrellita Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor CVE-43960 12-in. 5/8/1928 Jota Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 51-75 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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