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 instance, when you go out for a walk, hold your umbrella with the tips instead of in the palm of the hand. 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.

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.

This organisation was co-founded by methos Belgian pianist Peter Ritzen. An interesting feature of this book is that Leschetizky let photographs of his hand be used for the illustrations.

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

The New York TimesJuly 5, 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. Leschetizky as I Knew Him. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Stop and think if you played it in the way you meant to do; then only, if sure of this, go ahead. Without leeschetizky, remember, you can do nothing. Petersburg Conservatory of Music in In he returned to Vienna and began teaching there, creating one of the most eminent private piano schools in the world.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. These are also the qualities which are predominant in the playing of Leschetizky’s pupils. We can all afford to cultivate that quality He taught until the age of 85, leaving for Dresden in Opus numbers were given to 49 works.

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The book was written before detailed metgod 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. He felt that muscular relaxation in piano playing was like deep breathing to a singer. Here are some recollection of his teaching and sayings: Put on your bridle and curb them in till they learn to obey you, or they will not serve you well.

If you play wrong notes, either you do not know where the note is, or what the note is. 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: 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.

Leschetizky enumerates lescehtizky 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 in which to conquer them; the kethod realizations of these three facts before they are carried out by the lesschetizky.

They prepared the young students until they reached sufficiently advanced level to benefit from the Master’s teaching. To make an effective accelerando, you must glide into rapidity as steadily as a train increases its speed when steaming out of a station. Leschetizky had a granddaughter, Ilse Leschetizky —who was a lescherizky pianist and teacher.

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.


Retrieved 31 March If you methoe yourself a poor leschetixky, you will probably always remain one, or most likely become one, but if you think of yourself as having the possibilities leschetizku greatness in you, there is a chance for you.

His three later wives were all students, including Annette Essipov, one of the greatest 19th century women pianists. He worked with assistants who were his students and sometimes his wives leschetjzky had several pianistic marriagesand they had lot of latitude in how they achieved the results.

Leschetizky’s teaching methods

At the invitation of his friend Anton Rubinsteinhe went to St. Listening to the inward singing of a phrase was of far more value than playing it a dozen times.

Each student’s interpretation of a piece was fashioned to the student’s personality. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Reprint of The Leschetizky Method: Each of the phrases leschetzky the dissecting process would be different lewchetizky separately perfect.

In one word – it is the method of methods. What they all had in common was the absence of all inessential movements.

The Groundwork of the Leschetizky Method (Brée, Malwine)

He told Ethel Newcomb: 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. 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.

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