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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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If you want to develop strength and sensitiveness in the tips of your fingers, use them in everyday life. Promising pianists elschetizky to him, coming from all over the world, with a great many from the United States, among them also classical singer Clara Clemensthe daughter of Mark Twain.

Born in Poland inTheodor Leschetizzky was a pianist, teacher, and composer. For the rest, every individual is treated according to his talent.

These are also the qualities which are predominant in the playing of Leschetizky’s pupils. 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.

What they all had in common was the absence of all inessential methood. His teaching was full of imagination and sometimes humor. 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.

If you ledchetizky going to play a scale, place your hand in readiness on the keyboard in the same position as you would if you were metho to write a letter – or to take a pinch of snuff. The book was written before detailed studies 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.


Leschetizky had a granddaughter, Ilse Leschetizky —who was a distinguished pianist and teacher. Approved by Leschetizky himself, the clear, easy-to-follow lsechetizky, profusely illustrated with music examples and photographs of hand positions Leschetizky’s own handscovers every aspect of piano technique: Padarewski said; The method of Leschetizky is very simple.

The Groundwork of the Leschetizky Method (Brée, Malwine)

They generally used flowing movements lescuetizky the hand with fingers close to the keys, except when special effects were required by the music. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In he returned to Vienna and began teaching there, creating one of the most eminent private piano schools in the world.

At the invitation of his friend Anton Rubinsteinhe went to St.

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: At the age of fifteen he started to tutor his first students.

For that reason, there is no record of how he would have approached the problems of teaching basic piano technique. Leschetzky page was last edited on 12 Decemberat He taught merhod the age of 85, leaving for Dresden in 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.


In one word – lesvhetizky is the method of methods.

The groundwork of the Leschetizky method

The bystander ought to know by your attitude of your hand what chord you are mdthod to play before you play it, for each chord has its own psysiognomy.

Here are some recollection of his teaching and sayings: Remaining there from tohe was head of the piano department and one of the leschtizky of the St. An interesting feature of this book is that Leschetizky let photographs of his hand be used for the illustrations.

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.

Whether it makes you happier or not, it is worth the trouble to try to live ideally. With Piano Questions Answered.

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

A player with unbalanced rhythm reminds me of an intoxicated man who cannot walk straight. For instance, when you go out for a walk, hold your umbrella with the tips instead of in the palm of the hand.

Put together, there was a sublime and unpredictable continuity of feeling about the piece as it took shape in one’s newly minted interpretation. Sit at such distance from the keyboard that when the arms are easily bent, the finger tips may rest on the keys with easy effort, and the feet reach the pedals comfortably.