A new book on Jascha Heifetz' childhood details the music world's excitement at his Carnegie Hall debut at age 16. Read an excerpt about who attended and what the reviewers said.
Jascha Heifetz traveled to Japan in the fall of 1923, weeks after the earthquake on September 1 that devastated Tokyo, Yokohama and the Kanto region. See Heifetz' own film footage of that trip.
Enjoy a selection of 21 Jascha Heifetz recordings heard in the film Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler, including music by Debussy, Paganini, Prokofiev, Bach and more.
After his Carnegie Hall debut and first audio recordings in 1917, Heifetz (b. 1901) socialized, spent money, and pursued his hobby of filmmaking. He let himself have fun, something that was missing in his childhood.
Violinist Jascha Heifetz toured extensively for the USO during World War II and made a daily ritual of raising the U.S. flag at his home in California.
Peter Rosen describes the three key assets that led him to makeJascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler: the home movies by Heifetz that Rosen discovered; Heifetz's reconstructed music studio; and the person of musician Ayke Agus, Heifetz's student, accompanist and longtime companion.
Itzhak Perlman describes meeting Heifetz for the first time when he was a teenage student at Juilliard, studying violin.
The name Jascha Heifetz continues to evoke awe and excitement among fellow musicians more than century after his public debut. In a performing career that spanned 65 years, he established an unparalleled standard of violin playing to which violinists around the world still aspire.
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