Download Citation on ResearchGate | The Leschetizky method: a guide to fine and correct piano playing / Malwine Brée | Traducción de: Die grundlange der. This legendary manual in both English and German documents principles and techniques of the legendary piano teacher Theodor Leschetizky, who taught. As a teacher, Leschetizky claimed he had no method, at least not in the rigid technical sense. The method he taught was the study of the score in the minutest .

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The book was written before detailed studies have been made of the physiology of piano playing and therefore, it is not surprising that, besides some good points, one finds inconsistencies and physically contradictory remarks. For the rest, every individual is treated according to his talent. methoe

merhod Here are some recollection of his teaching and sayings: If leschetizoy play wrong notes, either you do not know where the note is, or what the note is. Promising pianists flocked to him, coming from all over the world, with a great many from the United Leshetizky, among them also classical singer Clara Clemensthe daughter of Mark Twain. At the age of fifteen he started to tutor his first students.

I look far down the street and imagine a beautiful voice, and I learn that far away ‘pp’ quality – that means attention” For him “the best study could be done away from the piano A pupil himself of the great Carl Czerny, Leschetizky leschettizky on to instruct an entire generation of world-class pianists, including Paderewski, Schnabel, Moiseiwitsch, Brailowsky, and many others.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Put together, there was a sublime and unpredictable continuity of feeling about the piece as it took shape in one’s newly minted interpretation. In one word – it is the method of methods.

Petersburg Conservatory of Music in New York, Methoe York: The bystander ought to know by your attitude of your hand what chord you are going to play before you play it, for each chord has its own psysiognomy.


At the invitation of his friend Anton Rubinsteinhe went to St.

The Leschetizky Method: A Guide to Fine and Correct Piano Playing

No amount of mechanical finger-work can take its place; and the player who repeats the same passage, wearily expectant that he will accomplish it in process of time, is a lost soul on a hopeless quest. For instance, when you go out for a walk, hold your umbrella with the tips instead of in the palm of the hand.

Leschetizky combined the classical training of Czerny and the cantabile style of Chopin with the brilliance of Liszt. In he returned to Vienna and began teaching there, creating one of the most eminent private piano schools in the world.

Moisewitsch was particularly legendary for his playing of the most expressive cantabile or most exuberant bravura with the same facial expression and very little body movement. We can all afford to cultivate that quality If you think yourself a poor specimen, you will probably always remain one, or most likely become one, but if you think of yourself as having the possibilities of greatness in you, there is a chance for you.

Listening to the inward singing of a phrase was of far more value than playing it a dozen times. Paderewski, along with other articles on hand and finger exercises, other piano methods, and more. This organisation was co-founded by the Belgian pianist Peter Ritzen.

The New York Times. Reprint of The Leschetizky Method: While in Russia he married one of his most famous students, Anna Essipovathe second of his four wives, with whom he had lescheetizky children; one of them was his daughter, the well-known singer and teacher, Theresa, the other was his son Robert.

With Piano Questions Answered. Opus numbers were given to 49 works. Without it, nothing of any permanent leschetikzy can be obtained, either in art or anything else. An interesting feature of this book is that Leschetizky let photographs of his hand be used for the illustrations.


Born in Poland inTheodor Leschetizky was a pianist, teacher, and composer. Leschetizky as I Knew Him.

See the list of Leschetizky’s students. Appleton and Company, His composition teacher was Simon Sechteran eminent professor who was the teacher of many other successful musicians.

There are principles, you will agree, that are to be uniformly inculcated in every pupil – that is breadth, softness of touch and precision of rhythm. These are also the qualities which are predominant in the playing of Leschetizky’s pupils.

If you want to develop strength and sensitiveness in the tips of your fingers, use them in everyday life. Each of the phrases in the dissecting process would be different and separately perfect.

Theodor Leschetizky

My own recollections of the playing of Horszowski and Moisewitsch bears this out. The influence of his teaching, of which the technique was just a tool, could be best be judged from observations on how his many famous students played. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat Approved by Leschetizky himself, the clear, easy-to-follow text, profusely illustrated with music examples and photographs of hand positions Leschetizky’s own handscovers every aspect of piano technique: Leschetizky himself, at least by the time he became famous, did not teach children, unless their talent bordered on the genius.

Your fingers are like capering horses, spirited and willing, but ignorant of where to go without a guide. He died on 14 November in Dresden. They generally used flowing movements of the hand with fingers close to the keys, except when special effects were required by the music.

Leschetizky’s teaching methods

The New York TimesJuly 5, Views Read Edit View history. Padarewski said; The method of Leschetizky is very simple. Without concentration, remember, you can do nothing.