The Performance Style of Jascha Heifetz

The Performance Style of Jascha Heifetz
Author: Dario Sarlo
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2016-03-03
ISBN 10: 1317021630
ISBN 13: 9781317021636
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Performance Style of Jascha Heifetz Book Review:

The violinist Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) is considered among the most influential performers in history and still maintains a strong following among violinists around the world. Dario Sarlo contributes significantly to the growing field of analytical research into recordings and the history of performance style. Focussing on Heifetz and his under-acknowledged but extensive performing relationship with the Bach solo violin works (BWV 1001-1006), Sarlo examines one of the most successful performing musicians of the twentieth century along with some of the most frequently performed works of the violin literature. The book proposes a comprehensive method for analysing and interpreting the legacies of prominent historical performers in the wider context of their particular performance traditions. The study outlines this research framework and addresses how it can be transferred to related studies of other performers. By building up a comprehensive understanding of multiple individual performance styles, it will become possible to gain deeper insight into how performance style develops over time. The investigation is based upon eighteen months of archival research in the Library of Congress’s extensive Jascha Heifetz Collection. It draws on numerous methods to examine what and how Heifetz played, why he played that way, and how that way of playing compares to other performers. The book offers much insight into the ’music industry’ between 1915 and 1975, including touring, programming, audiences, popular and professional reception and recording. The study concludes with a discussion of Heifetz’s unique performer profile in the context of violin performance history.

Jascha Heifetz

Jascha Heifetz
Author: Galina Kopytova
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 504
Release: 2013-11-13
ISBN 10: 0253010896
ISBN 13: 9780253010896
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jascha Heifetz Book Review:

Notoriously reticent about his early years, violinist Jascha Heifetz famously reduced the story of his childhood to "Born in Russia. First lessons at 3. Debut in Russia at 7. Debut in Carnegie Hall at 17. That's all there is to say." Tracing his little-known upbringing, Jascha Heifetz: Early Years in Russia uncovers the events and experiences that shaped one of the modern era's most unique talents and enigmatic personalities. Using previously unstudied archival materials and interviews with family and friends, this biography explores Heifetz's meteoric rise in the Russian music world—from his first violin lessons with his father, to his studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with the well-known pedagogue Leopold Auer, to his tours throughout Russia and Europe. Spotlighting Auer’s close-knit circle of musicians, Galina Kopytova underscores the lives of artists in Russia’s "Silver Age"—an explosion of artistic activity amid the rapid social and political changes of the early 20th century.

Sounding Authentic

Sounding Authentic
Author: Joshua S. Walden
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2014-01
ISBN 10: 0199334668
ISBN 13: 9780199334667
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sounding Authentic Book Review:

Sounding Authentic considers the intersecting influences of nationalism, modernism, and technological innovation on representations of ethnic and national identities in twentieth-century art music. Author Joshua S. Walden discusses these forces through the prism of what he terms the "rural miniature": short violin and piano pieces based on folk song and dance styles. This genre, mostly inspired by the folk music of Hungary, the Jewish diaspora, and Spain, was featured frequently on recordings and performance programs in the early twentieth century. Furthermore, Sounding Authentic shows how the music of urban Romany ensembles developed into nineteenth-century repertoire of virtuosic works in the style hongrois before ultimately influencing composers of rural miniatures. Walden persuasively demonstrates how rural miniatures represented folk and rural cultures in a manner that was perceived as authentic, even while they involved significant modification of the original sources. He also links them to the impulse toward realism in developing technologies of photography, film, and sound recording. Sounding Authentic examines the complex ways the rural miniature was used by makers of nationalist agendas, who sought folkloric authenticity as a basis for the construction of ethnic and national identities. The book also considers the genre's reception in European diaspora communities in America where it evoked and transformed memories of life before immigration, and traces how many rural miniatures were assimilated to the styles of American popular song and swing. Scholars interested in musicology, ethnography, the history of violin performance, twentieth-century European art music, the culture of the Jewish Diaspora and more will find Sounding Authentic an essential addition to their library.

Jascha Heifetz

Jascha Heifetz
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1937
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:854807846
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jascha Heifetz Book Review:

Autographed photograph Lithuania/America Jascha Heifetz (February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1901 - December 10, 1987) was a violinist, born in Vilnius, Lithuania. He is widely regarded as arguably the greatest violinist of all time. On October 27, 1917, Heifetz played for the first time in the United States, at Carnegie Hall in New York, and became an immediate sensation. Fellow violinist Mischa Elman, in the audience, asked Do you think it's hot in here?, whereupon the pianist Leopold Godowsky, in the next seat, imperturbably replied, Not for pianists. The reviews by the New York critics were rapturous. Heifetz's technical command of his instrument - his physical ability to play the violin with stunning precision - is regarded by many critics as unequaled. That physical control enabled Heifetz to produce a distinctive tone quality, intense and shimmering, that came to be regarded as his trademark. Yet, from time to time his near-perfect technique and conservative stage demeanor caused some critics to accuse him of being overly mechanical, even cold. Virgil Thomson called Heifetz's style of playing silk underwear music, a term he did not intend as a compliment. Other critics argue that he infused his playing with feeling and reverence for the composers' intentions. His style of playing was highly influential in defining the way modern violinists approach the instrument. His use of rapid vibrato, emotionally charged portamento, fast tempos, and superb bow control coalesced to create a highly distinctive sound that make Heifetz's playing instantly recognizable to aficionados. The violinist Itzhak Perlman, who himself is noted for his rich warm tone and expressive use of portamento, describes Heifetz's tone as like a tornado because of its emotional intensity. Perlman also said that Heifetz preferred to be recorded relatively close to the microphone; as a result, one would perceive a somewhat different tone quality when listening to Heifetz during a concert hall performance as opposed to a recording. In creating his sound, Heifetz was very particular about his choice of strings. He used a silver wound Tricolore gut G string, plain gut unvarnished D and A strings, and a Goldbrokat steel E string medium including clear Hill brand rosin sparingly. Heifetz believed that playing on gut strings was important in rendering an individual sound.

A Musicology of Performance

A Musicology of Performance
Author: Dorottya Fabian
Publsiher: Open Book Publishers
Total Pages: 364
Release: 2015-08-17
ISBN 10: 178374152X
ISBN 13: 9781783741526
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Musicology of Performance Book Review:

This book examines the nature of musical performance. In it, Dorottya Fabian explores the contributions and limitations of some of these approaches to performance, be they theoretical, cultural, historical, perceptual, or analytical. Through a detailed investigation of recent recordings of J. S. Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, she demonstrates that music performance functions as a complex dynamical system. Only by crossing disciplinary boundaries, therefore, can we put the aural experience into words. A Musicology of Performance provides a model for such a method by adopting Deleuzian concepts and various empirical and interdisciplinary procedures. Fabian provides a case study in the repertoire, while presenting new insights into the state of baroque performance practice at the turn of the twenty-first century. Through its wealth of audio examples, tables, and graphs, the book offers both a sensory and a scholarly account of musical performance. These interactive elements map the connections between historically informed and mainstream performance styles, considering them in relation to broader cultural trends, violin schools, and individual artistic trajectories. A Musicology of Performance is a must read for academics and post-graduate students and an essential reference point for the study of music performance, the early music movement, and Bach’s opus.

Jascha Heifetz

Jascha Heifetz
Author: Artur Weschler-Vered
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 240
Release: 1986
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015009649867
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jascha Heifetz Book Review:

Leven en werk van de Amerikaanse violist van Russische origine Jascha Heifetz (1901- ).

Heifetz as I Knew Him

Heifetz as I Knew Him
Author: Ayke Agus
Publsiher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2005
ISBN 10: 9781574671216
ISBN 13: 1574671219
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heifetz as I Knew Him Book Review:

For the last 15 years of Jascha Heifetz's life, Ayke Agus was his closest companion. She came to him as a violin student in his master class at the University of Southern California, but he singled her out when he heard her play the piano. She became his private accompanist and ultimately his assistant and confidante. A sensitive and astute observer, Agus takes up where previous biographers left off; her book is a loving yet unblinking portrait of an aging master by his disciple.

Understanding Toscanini

Understanding Toscanini
Author: Joseph Horowitz
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 492
Release: 1994-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780520085428
ISBN 13: 0520085426
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Toscanini Book Review:

As America's symbol of Great Music, Arturo Toscanini and the "masterpieces" he served were regarded with religious awe. As a celebrity personality, he was heralded for everything from his unwavering stance against Hitler and Mussolini and his cataclysmic tantrums, to his "democratic" penchants for television wrestling and soup for dinner. During his years with the Metropolitan Opera (1908-15) and the New York Philharmonic (1926-36) he was regularly proclaimed the "world's greatest conductor ." And with the NBC Symphony (1937-54), created for him by RCA's David Sarnoff, he became the beneficiary of a voracious multimedia promotional apparatus that spread Toscanini madness nationwide. According to Life, he was as well-known as Joe Dimaggio; Time twice put him on its cover; and the New York Herald Tribune attributed Toscanini's fame to simple recognition of his unique "greatness." In this boldly conceived and superbly realized study, Joseph Horowitz reveals how and why Toscanini became the object of unparalleled veneration in the United States. Combining biography, cultural history, and music criticism, Horowitz explores the cultural and commercial mechanisms that created America's Toscanini cult and fostered, in turn, a Eurocentric, anachronistic new audience for old music.

The Opera News

The Opera News
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1913
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: NYPL:33433012208058
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Hifi stereo Review

Hifi stereo Review
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1968
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UVA:X002101278
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Heifetz as I Knew Him

Heifetz as I Knew Him
Author: Ayke Agus
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015049739215
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heifetz as I Knew Him Book Review:

"The aged Heifetz, the violinist of the century, had much to tell, and Ayke Agus, a young woman from Indonesia - Heifetz preferred "from the jungles of Java" - absorbed it all as they shared their stories about their lives and about music making. He imparted not only the legacy of his art but all his beliefs and idiosyncrasies, teaching her how he held audiences spellbound, how the pianist collaborates with the violinist, and finally how he crafted his transcriptions, the last of which they worked on together."--BOOK JACKET.

Manuel Ponce s Estrellita arranged by Jascha Heifetz

Manuel Ponce s Estrellita  arranged by Jascha Heifetz
Author: Maria Carmen Marquez
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 22
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 9781339447629
ISBN 13: 1339447622
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Manuel Ponce s Estrellita arranged by Jascha Heifetz Book Review:

Abstract: Mexico folk music was revived and transformed in the early 1900 by a nationalistic movement initiated by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce. Ponce arrangement of Mexican folk music was transformed to assimilate to European classical music therefore transcending across to a larger audience. His well-known lied, Estrellita, has grown extremely popular that most audiences consider it a national folk song. Renowned violinist, Jascha Heifetz, arranged the song for violin and piano for a film in the United States. Heifetz transcription of Manuel Ponce Estrellita illustrates the nationalistic style of the composer while maintaining the idiomatic writing for violin and the essence of the original score for voice. Heifetz arrangement for violin maintains the aesthetic of Ponce's nationalistic style while maintaining the characteristics of the human voice. To achieve the imitation of the voice the performer has to have a warm vibrato, appropriate fingerings, and bowings that reflect good phrasing. These variables will determine how closely the violin can imitate the human voice, as this piece is originally a lied. The high register of the violin is used in distinctive occasions to express the agony of unrequited love. There are various exercises for vibrato and many options for shifts and bowings to better mimic the human voice and express the text of the lied. The execution of tone production and resonance requires various elements in the bow arm to work appropriately together. After addressing tone production, vibrato, phrasing/bowings, and shifts, the performer must deduce the appropriate interpretation that will capture the essence of the original arrangement for voice being "sung" on the violin. The many arrangements and interpretations of this piece will leave more room for the performer to achieve a unique interpretation. The interpretation itself will be subjective as only an audience can determine if the performer can execute and capture the essence of the original arrangement. A close study of the original lyrics compared to Heifetz arrangement will aid the performer. In addition, the historical study of Manuel Ponce and his revival of Mexican folk music will also help. The technique and musicality of the violinist must work together to achieve and capture Ponce early nationalistic style and mimic the human voice. Furthermore, a performance analysis of Jascha Heifetz, Joshua Bell, and Itzhak Perlman will result in a suggested performance guide with pedagogical recommendation.

The Strad

The Strad
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1993
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015027689192
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Violin Playing as I Teach It

Violin Playing as I Teach It
Author: Leopold Auer
Publsiher: Read Books Ltd
Total Pages: 132
Release: 2012-12-01
ISBN 10: 1447486498
ISBN 13: 9781447486497
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Violin Playing as I Teach It Book Review:

Originally published in 1921, this book was written in an attempt to, 'give the serious teacher and student the practical benefit of the knowledge acquired during a lifetime's playing the violin, including mechanical means and technical procedure as well as the ideas and ideals of art'. With a wealth of information on the subject that the modern reader will still find of practical use today, this book is highly recommended for inclusion on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in the subject. Many of these earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

The Musical Leader

The Musical Leader
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1922
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UIUC:30112097182825
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Fritz Kreisler

Fritz Kreisler
Author: Amy Biancolli
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 453
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015046888957
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fritz Kreisler Book Review:

Violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler was a most beloved musician, bringing to the musical stage a grace and warmth that were unmatched during his prime. Born in 1875, he was the last, best ambassador of nineteenth-century Vienna to a twentieth-century world. Nurtured in the rich musical environment of that European capital, Kreisler had a middling career as a prodigy, never attaining the early celebrity of a young Heifetz or Menuhin, and he even abandoned the violin for several years while exploring other pursuits. Yet Kreisler was to become the most influential musician among string players the world over. This lively portrait by a perceptive critic brings back to life a musical giant of the first half of the twentieth century, examining important themes and events of his life and his views on politics and art as well as on music and musicians. It reveals a man whose gift was a unique ability to communicate joys and sorrows to an adoring world through music.

Bach s Works for Solo Violin

Bach s Works for Solo Violin
Author: Joel Lester
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2003-11-27
ISBN 10: 0195171446
ISBN 13: 9780195171440
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bach s Works for Solo Violin Book Review:

J.S. Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin have been central to the violin repertoire since the mid-18th century. This engaging introduction to these works is the first comprehensive exploration of their place within Bach's music, focusing on their structural and stylistic features as they have been perceived since their creation. Combining an analytical study, a historical guide, and an insightful introduction to Bach's style, this book will help violinists, scholars, and other listeners develop a deeper personal involvement with many aspects of these wonderful pieces.

Selections from Porgy and Bess Songbook

Selections from Porgy and Bess  Songbook
Author: Jascha Heifitz
Publsiher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Total Pages: 40
Release: 1990-03-01
ISBN 10: 1476857172
ISBN 13: 9781476857176
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Selections from Porgy and Bess Songbook Book Review:

(Fretted). Long out of print, these virtuoso transcriptions by the legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz date from 1947, and have previously been available only separately. These showpieces capture the excitement of Gershwin's score in a unique and fascinating way. Includes: It Ain't Necessarily So * Summertime * A Woman Is a Sometime Thing * I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' * Bess, You Is My Woman * Tempo Di Blues.

Theory and Practice in Late Nineteenth century Violin Performance

Theory and Practice in Late Nineteenth century Violin Performance
Author: David Milsom
Publsiher: Ashgate Pub Limited
Total Pages: 287
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015052302638
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theory and Practice in Late Nineteenth century Violin Performance Book Review:

"To arrive at a better understanding of performance in this period, the book examines performing style in the German, and Franco-Belgian schools of violin playing from c.1850-c.1900. Milsom explores selected instrumental treatises written by noted players and theorists, together with a number of recorded performances given by celebrated artists in the early years of the twentieth century, to review the similarities and differences between theory and practice."--BOOK JACKET.

Jascha Heifetz Through My Eyes

Jascha Heifetz Through My Eyes
Author: Sherry Kloss
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105025359642
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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