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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 201-225 of 248 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 72442 10-in. 10/16/1944 Beau soir (Debussy-Heifetz) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72443 10-in. 10/17/1944 Habanera (Piece en forme de habanera) (Ravel) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72444 10-in. 10/17/1944 Levee dance, Op. 27 No.2 (White) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72445 10/17/1944 Figaro Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72446 10/17/1944 (I dream of) Jeanie with the light brown hair (Foster) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72447 10-in. 10/17/1944 A la valse (Herbert) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72448 10-in. 10/17/1944 Humoresque Op.101 No.7 (Dvorak-Heifetz) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72449 10-in. 10/17/1944 Gwendore Brae (Crowther) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72454 10/18/1944 Gweedore brae (Crowther) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72455 10/18/1944 Old folks at home (Foster) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72456 10-in. 10/18/1944 Deep river (arr. Heifetz) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72457 10-in. 10/18/1944 Viennese (Wienerish) (Godowsky) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 72461 10-in. 10/17/1944 White Christmas Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73167 10-in. 11/28/1945 Giant hills Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73168 11/28/1945 Florida night song Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73169 10-in. 11/28/1945 Moto perpetuo Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73172 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: Summertime Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73173 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73174 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73175 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: Tempo di blues Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73176 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: My man's gone now Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73177 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: GERSHWIN-Prelude No.1 Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73178 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: GERSHWIN-Prelude No.2 Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73179 10-in. 11/28/1945 GERSHWIN-Selections from Porgy and Bess: GERSHWIN-Prelude No.3 Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 73180 10-in. 11/29/1945 Golliwog's cake-walk (Debussy-Heifetz) Jascha Heifetz instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 201-225 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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