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Jascha Heifetz: Early Years in Russia

Jascha Heifetz: Early Years in Russia

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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.



Author: Galina Kopytova
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 11/13/2013
Pages: 464
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.85lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.00w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9780253010766

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 12/01/2013 pg. 103
Choice 06/01/2014

About the Author

Galina Kopytova is a scholar and archivist specializing in the history of Russian musical culture. She heads the Office of Manuscripts of the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in Saint Petersburg and is author of The Society for Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg-Petrograd (in Russian) and coauthor of From the History of Jewish Music in Russia (in Russian).

Translator Alexandra Sarlo has studied and conducted research in Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, and Ukraine.

Translator Dario Sarlo worked as a researcher on the documentary Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler by Peter Rosen Productions. He is a musicologist, violinist, and writer for The Strad.


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