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Product Details

  • Series: Russian Music Studies
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; Reprint edition (November 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253010764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253010766
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of my lifetime heroes, Jascha Heifetz was a performer of unique perfection and beauty. This biography will be a happy discovery for the professional, the music lover, and students everywhere." —Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist for the Beaux Arts Trio and Distinguished Professor, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University




"Regrettably, a satisfactory, comprehensive biography of Heifetz has not appeared. However, Kopytova has filled the gap vis-a-vis Heifetz's childhood... Recommended." —Choice



"No biography of Heifetz I have come across has dealt in detail with this period of his life, one which he viewed with discomfort and as having ‘a dark side’. This outstanding volume corrects that omission and provides us with an accurate and exhaustively researched narrative of how one of the most amazing musical prodigies became one of the greatest violinists in history." —Gramophone



"Scholar and archivist Kopytova has filled this void [on Heifetz's Russian childhood] admirably...A fascinating look at the early career of a prodigy who fulfilled the promise of his early success, this book will appeal to musicians (violinists in particular), as well as those interested in the culture and history of the early 20th century, especially as it relates to Tsarist and World War I-era Russia." —Library Journal



"Galina Kopytova has performed an excellent job in researching numerous archives in order to piece together an account that was first published in St Petersburg in 2004, and now appears in English, somewhat expanded and refined, for the first time. This well-illustrated book should interest many musicians and music lovers as well as offering a detailed portrait of the cultural, especially Jewish, life of Russia in the early twentieth century. It is unlikely to be superseded in the foreseeable future." —Slavonic and East European Review



"As a young student of the violin, my hero was Jascha Heifetz. His tone quality, virtuosity, technical perfection, and his unmatched energy were enormously inspiring. I own numerous books, biographies, and articles on the life and times of Jascha Heifetz, but none focus in depth on his fascinating early years in Russia to the extent that this book does. I am so pleased to add this to my collection." —Joshua Bell, Emmy-award winning violinist



"This wonderful book is a fascinating, well-written and well-presented history of one of the greatest violinists of the twentieth century – indeed, for many listeners, the greatest such practitioner of the art. It is a book which we have looked forward to for decades […] There have been conflicting early biographical claims regarding Heifetz […] but Galina Kopytova has delved deeply (often for the first time) into archives in Lithuania, Russia, Berlin and Warsaw […] Here is a compelling story about the early life of a musical genius threaded through with the artistic atmosphere and general milieu of the era in which he was born and brought up. It’s a great book, much of which will be a revelation to
many." —International Record Review



"[T]his book is really about much more than the early life of this extraordinary musician: it is about the full tapestry of late Imperial Russian life, with its huge talents and personalities adding warmth to the mindless bureaucracy and anti-Semitism that dogged the Heifetz family. Alexandra Sarlo and Dario Sarlo have done a fine job of translating Kopytova's book, bringing to the English-speaking world a treasury of information about this fascinating historical figure about whom we previously knew so little." —Russian Review



"This is a very valuable book, lovingly researched, well written and translated, and presented with many evocative photos." —The Strad



"A fascinating account, giving a vivid view into a half-forgotten world." —Classical Music

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheungyu Cho on August 3, 2014
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I've always been very curious about Heifetz's formative years, as much of the available literature focuses on his adult life in the US. This book provides a detailed account of Heifetz's childhood and adolescence (with interesting photos) and is a must-read for people interested in the early life of one of the greatest violinists the world has ever seen. I am so happy to have bought this book to add to my Heifetz collection!

Kudos to Galina Kopytova for her detailed research and to Dario and Alexandra Sarlo for their wonderful translation, without which the non-Russian speaking audience would still not have the chance to learn more about Heifetz.

Now I'm just waiting for a good comprehensive biography of Heifetz, and my life would be complete!
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By Tiger 44 on March 29, 2015
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Anyone who has thrilled to the incredible virtuosity of Jascha Heifetz, possibly the greatest violinist who ever graced our planet, will enjoy this insightful profiling of his early years in Russia. For musicians it is especially telling to read the reviews of his playing from age 7 or 8, for even then, and on a tiny and less than good violin, it was seemingly perfection. The critics, none of whom were particularly disposed to praise a child prodigy from humble Jewish parentage, raved. Those of us who knew him, or knew of him, in his later years, will undoubtedly be surprised to learn of his childhood and adolescent sweetness of disposition, his openness, his innocent letters to friends and family, quite a change from the canny and somewhat closed off man he became after coming to America. This book also addresses quite thoroughly what it meant to be a Jew in Russia at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, even a brilliantly talented Jew. There is very valuable, well-researched information on such important figures as Leopold Auer, Toscha Seidel, Glazounov, and so many others, but most of all there emerges a picture of an angelic young boy who played the violin with his whole heart and soul, and this, I believe, is the great gift Ms. Kopytova brings to all of us who loved the man and will forever cherish his music.
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By rosincavalier on March 1, 2014
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This biography of Heifetz's early years in Russia is astonishing in its detail. With access to rare archives, Ms. Kopytova's depth of research is exhaustive, tracing not only the Heifetz family history, but that of countless musicians and composers of the time. The writing is in a compelling narrative style, and the translation is graceful and very engaging. This was clearly a labor of love from all who made this magnificent book possible and it is an absolute must-read for all admirers of this great violinist's art. Deeply moving.
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By Joel Arthur on January 5, 2014
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Fascinating
I've read many books on Jascha Heifetz but this is from a time that not many people know of before he came to America
Couldn't put the book down
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