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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 76-100 of 248 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-43973 10-in. 5/8/1928 Valencia Isidor Achron ; Jascha Heifetz Piano duet instrumentalist, piano  
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  
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  
Victor CS-78967 12-in. 2/6/1934 Sonata in E flat Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78968 12-in. 2/6/1934 Sonata in E flat Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78969 12-in. 2/6/1934 Sonata in E flat Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78970 12-in. 2/6/1934 Sonata in E flat Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78971 12-in. 2/6/1934 Sonata in E flat Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78972 12-in. 2/6/1934 Sonata in E flat Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78973 12-in. 2/6/1934 Sonata in E flat Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78974 12-in. 2/6/1934 Impromptu no. 3 Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor CS-78975 12-in. 2/6/1934 Tzigane Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78976 12-in. 2/6/1934 Tzigane Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78977 12-in. 2/6/1934 Chaconne, part 1 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, unaccompanied instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78978 12-in. 2/6/1934 Chaconne, part 2 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, unaccompanied instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-78979 12-in. 2/6/1934 Chaconne, part 3 Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, unaccompanied instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-81350 10-in. 2/2/1934 Sarabande Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor BS-81351 10-in. 2/3/1934 Gavotte no. 2—Musette Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor BS-81352 10-in. 2/3/1934 Sea murmurs Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor BS-81353 10-in. 2/3/1934 Alt wien Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor CS-81354 12-in. 2/3/1934 An einsamer quelle Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-81355 12-in. 2/3/1934 Rondo in A flat Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin, arranger  
Victor CS-81356 12-in. 2/3/1934 Sonatina in G minor Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-81357 12-in. 2/3/1934 Sonatina in G minor Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-81358 12-in. 2/3/1934 Sonatina in G minor Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 76-100 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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