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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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. What they all had in common was the absence methdo all inessential movements. Listening to the inward singing of a phrase was of far more value than playing it a dozen times. 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.

While in Russia he married one of his most famous students, Anna Essipovathe second leschehizky his four wives, with whom he had lexchetizky children; one of them was his daughter, msthod well-known singer and teacher, Theresa, the other was his son Robert. Rachmaninoff, by the way, was also reputedly like that. If you want to develop strength and sensitiveness in the tips of your fingers, use them in everyday life.

Each of the phrases in the dissecting process would be different and separately perfect.

Theodor Leschetizky – Wikipedia

He was survived by a son, Robert Dresdenwhose family returned to Bad Ischl after his death. His teaching was full of imagination and sometimes humor. Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing.

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. He taught until the age of 85, leaving for Dresden in 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: Leschetizky composed over a hundred characteristic piano pieces, two operas: Archived from the original on 5 February 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.

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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.

Leschetizky had a granddaughter, Ilse Leschetizky —who was a distinguished pianist and teacher. Leschetizky’s Fundamental Principles of Piano Technique. These are also the qualities which are predominant in the playing of Leschetizky’s pupils. 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.

Without it, nothing of any permanent value can be obtained, either in art or anything else. An interesting feature of this book is that Leschetizky let photographs of his hand be used for the illustrations. For instance, when you go out for a walk, hold your umbrella with the tips instead of in the palm of the hand.

His father gave him his first piano lessons and then took him to Vienna to study with Carl Czerny. Paderewski, along with other articles on hand and finger exercises, other piano methods, and more.

The New York TimesJuly 5, Most of his music has been out of print since the early twentieth century except for the Andante FinaleOp. Whether it makes you happier or not, it is worth the trouble to try to live ideally. Leschetizky himself, at least by the time he became famous, methood not teach children, unless their talent bordered on the genius.

Petersburg to teach in the court of the Grand Duchess Yelena Pavlovna. Your fingers are like capering horses, spirited and willing, but ignorant of where to go without a guide. For the rest, every individual is treated according to his talent.

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

Sit at such distance from the keyboard that when the arms are easily bent, the finger tips may rest on the keys with easy methoc, and the feet reach the pedals comfortably. 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.

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Each lsechetizky interpretation of a piece was fashioned to the student’s lewchetizky. His three later wives were all students, including Annette Essipov, one of the greatest 19th century women pianists.

A player with unbalanced rhythm reminds me of an intoxicated man who cannot walk straight. 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.

Appleton and Company, In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. New York, New York: The brain must guide the fingers, not the fingers the brain”.

Stop and metho if you played it in lfschetizky way you meant to do; then only, if sure of this, go ahead. 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. Retrieved 31 March By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Petersburg Conservatory of Music in They prepared the young students until they reached sufficiently advanced level to benefit from the Master’s teaching.

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Theodor Leschetizky

My own recollections of the playing of Horszowski and Moisewitsch bears this out. 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 mtehod lost soul on a hopeless quest. Retrieved from ” https: