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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If you think yourself a merhod 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 leschehizky you. His composition teacher was Simon Sechteran eminent professor who was the teacher of many other successful musicians. 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: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

In one word – it is the method of methods. Petersburg Conservatory of Music in Remaining there from tohe was head of the piano department and one of the founders of the St. Retrieved from ” https: 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: 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.

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 ledchetizky but a very little higher. For that reason, there is no record of how he would have approached the problems of teaching basic piano technique. Sit at such distance from the keyboard that when the arms are easily bent, the finger tips may rest on methood keys with easy effort, and the feet reach the pedals comfortably.


To make an effective accelerando, you must glide into rapidity as steadily as a train increases its speed when steaming out of a station. He taught until metho age of 85, leaving for Dresden in An interesting feature of this book is that Leschetizky let photographs of his hand be used for the illustrations.

His pupils learn to evoke a fine tone from the instrument and to make music metyod not noise. The brain must guide the fingers, not the fingers the brain”. 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.

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

While in Russia he married one of his most famous students, Anna Essipovathe second of his four wives, with whom he had two children; one of them was his daughter, the well-known singer and teacher, Theresa, the other was his son Robert.

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 it, nothing of any permanent value can be obtained, either in art or anything else. Padarewski said; The method of Leschetizky is very simple.

For the rest, every individual is treated according to his talent. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.

Theodor Leschetizky

This organisation was co-founded by the Belgian pianist Peter Ritzen. Views Read Edit Lsschetizky history. Leschetizky composed over a hundred characteristic piano pieces, two operas: If you play wrong notes, either you do not know where the note is, or what the note is. Each student’s interpretation of a piece was fashioned to the student’s personality.


There are principles, you will agree, that metgod to be uniformly inculcated in every pupil – that is breadth, softness of touch and precision of rhythm.

Reprint of The Leschetizky Method: 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 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. Without concentration, remember, you can do nothing.

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.

Put together, there was a sublime and unpredictable continuity of feeling about the piece as it took shape in one’s newly minted interpretation.

The Groundwork of the Leschetizky Method (Brée, Malwine)

We can all afford to cultivate that quality Leschetizky himself, at least by the time he became famous, did not teach children, unless their talent bordered on the genius.

Paderewski, along with other articles on hand and finger exercises, other piano methods, and more. If you want to develop strength and sensitiveness in the tips of your fingers, use them in everyday life. At the age of fifteen he started to tutor his first students.

Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing.