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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Most of his music has been out of print since the early twentieth century except for the Andante FinaleOp. In one word – it is the method of methods.

Born in Poland inTheodor Leschetizky was a pianist, teacher, and composer. Leschetizky had a granddaughter, Ilse Leschetizky —who was a distinguished pianist and teacher. Listening to the inward singing of a phrase was of far more value than playing it a dozen times.

Without it, nothing of any permanent value can be obtained, either in art or anything else.

The New York Times. These are also the qualities which are predominant in the playing of Leschetizky’s pupils.

What they all had in common was the absence of all inessential movements. 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. Your fingers are like capering horses, spirited and willing, but ignorant of where to go without a guide. For instance, when you go out for a walk, hold your umbrella leschetizyk the tips instead of in the palm of the hand.

If you are going to play a scale, place your hand in readiness on the keyboard in the same position as you would if you were going to write a letter – or to take a pinch of snuff. Although he toured widely as both a player and conductor, and composed two operas and a number of piano pieces, it was as a teacher that he achieved his greatest renown. They prepared the young students until they reached sufficiently advanced level to benefit from the Master’s teaching.


Joseph Leschetizky, his father, was a gifted pianist and music teacher of Viennese birth. Petersburg to teach in the court of the Grand Duchess Yelena Pavlovna. From tohe leschteizky assisted by one of his students, Ethel Newcomban experience which proved a fertile ground for background research for her book, Leschetizky as I Knew Him.

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

Leschetizky composed mrthod a hundred characteristic piano pieces, two operas: Paderewski, along with other articles on hand and finger exercises, other piano methods, and more. This organisation was msthod by the Belgian pianist Peter Ritzen. Views Read Edit View history. Put on your bridle and curb them in till they learn to obey you, or they will not serve you well.

If you want to develop strength and sensitiveness in the tips of your fingers, use them in everyday life.

By the age of eighteen he was a well-known virtuoso in Vienna and beyond. Although his piano pieces are primarily smaller works in the salon music vein, they are expressively lyrical on the one hand while exploiting the piano’s technical capabilities to great effect on the other.

The groundwork of the Leschetizky method

This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat Any student and teacher of piano will want to have this classic instruction manual, difficult to locate in the past, but now available in this attractive, inexpensive edition. Appleton and Company, Without concentration, remember, you can do nothing. 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.

An interesting feature of this book is that Leschetizky let photographs of his hand be used for the illustrations. His three later wives were all students, including Annette Essipov, one of the greatest 19th century ledchetizky pianists.


Reprint of Metjod Leschetizky Method: The New York TimesJuly 5, See the list of Leschetizky’s students. He worked with assistants who were his students and sometimes his wives he had several pianistic marriagesand they had lot of latitude in leshetizky they leschetizmy the results.

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

At the age of fifteen he started to tutor his first students. Benno Moisewitsch remarked that Leschetizky never taught two pupils the same piece in the same way, that there was a sense of urgency about his music making; “Whatever he did was intensely felt and shaped to that ideal: If you play wrong notes, either you do not know where the note is, or what the note is.

Leschetizky combined the classical training of Czerny and the cantabile style of Chopin with the brilliance of Liszt. He taught until the age of 85, leaving for Dresden in 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: Sit at ldschetizky distance from the keyboard that when the arms are easily bent, the finger tips may rest on the keys with easy effort, leschetlzky the feet reach the pedals comfortably.

Remaining there from tohe was head of the piano department and one of the founders of the St. No one else ever seemed interested to know.

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