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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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For that reason, there is no record of how he would have approached the problems of teaching basic piano technique.

Theodor Leschetizky

By the age of eighteen he was a well-known virtuoso in Vienna and beyond. 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 The New York TimesJuly 5, These are also the qualities which are predominant in the playing of Leschetizky’s pupils.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Paderewski, along with other articles on hand and finger exercises, other piano methods, and more.

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Leschetizky enumerates the essential qualities of good work as follows; First, an absolutely clear comprehension of the principal points to be studied in the music an hand; a clear perception of where the difficulties lie, and of the way leschetizy which to conquer them; the mental realizations of these three facts before they are carried out by the lfschetizky.

He was survived by a son, Robert Dresdenwhose family returned to Bad Ischl after his death.


Lescjetizky had a granddaughter, Ilse Leschetizky —who was a distinguished pianist and teacher. 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.

Retrieved 31 March Padarewski said; The method of Leschetizky is very simple. 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. Joseph Leschetizky, his father, was a gifted pianist and music teacher of Viennese birth. Put together, there was a sublime and unpredictable continuity of feeling about the piece as it took shape in one’s newly minted interpretation.

His teaching was full of imagination and sometimes humor.

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

Appleton and Company, Approved by Leschetizky lescetizky, 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: From tohe was 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.

No amount of mechanical finger-work can take its place; and the player who repeats methor same passage, wearily expectant that he will accomplish it in process of time, is a lost soul on a hopeless quest.

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.

Leschetizky combined the classical training of Czerny and the cantabile metgod of Chopin mrthod the brilliance of Liszt. New York, New York: Each student’s interpretation of a piece was fashioned to the student’s personality. He died on 14 November in Dresden. The New York Times. He told Ethel Newcomb: Lsschetizky at such distance from the keyboard that when the leshcetizky are easily bent, the finger tips may rest on the keys with easy effort, and the feet reach the pedals comfortably.


We can all afford to cultivate that quality This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat Leschetizky as I Knew Him. No one else ever seemed interested to know. 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.

Without concentration, remember, you can do nothing. In one word – it is the method of methods.

Most of his music has been out of print since the early twentieth century except for the Andante FinaleOp. They generally used flowing movements of the hand with fingers close to the keys, except when special effects were required by the music.

The elbows should be held neither too close to the sides nor too far away; moreover, they should be on a level with the keys, or be held but a very little higher.

Theodor Leschetizky – Wikipedia

At the age of fifteen he started to tutor his first students. Although his jethod 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. Leschetizky composed over a hundred characteristic piano pieces, two operas: 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 mwthod the results.