Dec 27, 2015

By Bob Sheppard

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One of the world’s great violinists, Jascha Heifetz made a spontaneous violin and piano interpretation of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” in 1944 which was recorded with an orchestra on the Decca label.

Because Haifetz never transcribed his arrangement, the parts for the orchestra were lost and were never published as sheet music. The version with piano was also not published.

But music scholar and arranger Nate Stabat of the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts has reconstructed a violin-piano version of the arrangement by Heifetz.

The first performance of the arrangement since Heifetz’s death was done by violinist Chloe Kiffer and pianist Stefan Petrov, and was posted on You Tube.

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