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Miklós Rózsa and Jascha Heifetz
In 1953, Rózsa consulted Heifetz (through Emanuel Bey) on the subject of a violin concerto that he proposed to write. Ascertaining that the violinist showed an interest in such a possibility, the composer set off from California to the Italian Riviera where he wrote this concerto in six weeks. Upon its completion, Rózsa again made contact with Heifetz, and after several months of collaboration, the work was pronounced satisfactory to both parties and ready for performance. Rózsa had, of course, dedicated the work to Heifetz, and it had its first presentation on this occasion in Dallas, Texas, on 15 January 1956. The following comments were supplied by the composer for the program notes at its premiere:
Publicity photograph of Rózsa and Heifetz studying
the score of the
Program from the world premier of Rózsas Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Sunday, 15 January 1956 in Dallas, Texas. The orchestra was the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with Walter Hendl conducting and Jascha Heifetz as soloist.
First recording of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.
Publicity photograph of Rózsa, Heifetz, and Walter Hendl (music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra) preparing for the premiere of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.
Rózsas copy of the score of his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.
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