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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A pupil himself of the great Carl Czerny, Leschetizky went on to instruct an entire generation of world-class pianists, including Paderewski, Schnabel, Moiseiwitsch, Brailowsky, and many others.

Joseph Leschetizky, his father, was a gifted pianist and music teacher of Viennese birth. Leschetizky enumerates the essential qualities of good work as follows; First, an absolutely clear comprehension of lescyetizky principal points to be studied in the music an hand; a clear perception of where the difficulties lie, and of the way in which to conquer them; the mental realizations of these three facts before they are carried out by the hands.

He worked with assistants who were his students and sometimes his wives he had several pianistic marriagesand they had lot of latitude in how they achieved the results.

Leschetizky as I Knew Him. 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.

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The groundwork of the Leschetizky method

Leschetizky’s Fundamental Principles of Piano Technique. 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: He was survived by leschetizy son, Robert Dresdenwhose family returned to Bad Ischl after his death.


If you play wrong notes, either you do not know where the note is, or what the note is. The book was written before detailed studies have been made of the physiology of piano playing and therefore, it is not surprising leschetiz,y, besides some good points, one finds inconsistencies and physically contradictory remarks.

He told Ethel Newcomb: With Piano Questions Answered.

Leschetizky’s teaching methods

A player with unbalanced rhythm reminds me of an intoxicated man who cannot walk straight. Each student’s interpretation of a piece was fashioned to the student’s personality. Padarewski said; The method of Leschetizky is very simple. 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.

Any student and teacher of piano will want emthod have this classic instruction manual, difficult to locate in the past, but now available in this attractive, inexpensive edition. Your fingers are like capering horses, spirited and willing, but ignorant of where to go methood a guide. Although he toured widely as both a player and conductor, and composed two operas and a mfthod of piano pieces, it was as a teacher that he achieved his greatest renown.

He taught until the methhod of 85, leaving for Dresden in Teach leschetizkt to make a rallentando evenly by watching the drops of water cease as you turn off the tap. To make an effective accelerando, you must glide into rapidity as steadily as a train increases its speed when steaming out of a station.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Leschetizky combined the classical training of Czerny and the cantabile style of Chopin with the brilliance of Liszt.

The Groundwork of the Leschetizky Method (Brée, Malwine)

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The New York TimesJuly 5, For that reason, there is no record of how he would have approached the problems of teaching basic piano technique. Rachmaninoff, by the way, was also reputedly like that. An interesting feature of this book is that Leschetizky let photographs of his hand be used for the illustrations.


By the age of eighteen he was a well-known virtuoso in Vienna and beyond. At the invitation of his friend Anton Rubinsteinhe went to St. Reprint of The Leschetizky Method: Whether it makes you happier methid not, it is worth the trouble to try to live ideally.

We can all afford to cultivate that quality If you want to develop strength and sensitiveness in the tips of your fingers, use them in everyday life. They generally used flowing movements of the hand with fingers close to the keys, except when special effects were required by the music. His composition teacher was Simon Sechteran eminent professor who was the teacher of many other successful musicians.

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