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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 176-200 of 248 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CS-014408 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014409 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014410 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014411 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014412 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014413 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014414 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014415 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014416 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014417 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014418 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014419 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014420 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014421 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014422 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014423 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor CS-014424 12-in. 12/21/1937 Concerto for violin and orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Jascha Heifetz ; Serge Koussevitzky Violin solo and orchestra instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-023904 10-in. 6/27/1938 Hora staccato Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra arranger  
Victor BS-050857 10-in. 5/24/1940 Coo, Dinny, coo New Friends of Rhythm Instrumental ensemble arranger  
Victor D7VB-1502 10-in. 8/8/1947 Hora staccato Gene Conklin ; Freddy Martin Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with whistling arranger  
Columbia CO19348 10-in. 5/28/1936 Vieja Viena Celso B. Hurtado Marimba solo, with piano arranger  
Gramophone 2B6042 12-in. 3/27/1934 An einsamer Quelle Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin and piano duet instrumentalist, violin  
Gramophone 2B6067 12-in. 2/23/1934 Scherzo tarantelle Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor Violin solo, with piano instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72440 10-in. 10/16/1944 From the Canebrake, Op. 5 No.1 (Gardner) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72441 10-in. 10/16/1944 Jamaican rumba (Benjamin-Primrose) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 176-200 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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