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THEODOR LESCHETIZKY
Polish pianist (1830 - 1915)



Theodor Leschetizky is known today as one of the greatest piano teachers of the 19th century, perhaps second only to Franz Liszt himself. His students are legend: Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Anna Yesipova, Richard Buhlig, Ignaz Friedman, Artur Schnabel, Mark Hambourg, Alexander Brailowsky, Benno Moiseiwitsch, Paul Wittgenstein, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Elly Ney, Marie Novello and Mieczysław Horszowski.

Theodor Leschetizky was a formidable pianist.  He studied with Czerny and then with Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, son of Wolfgang Amadeus.  Leschetizky was invited to Russia by Anton Rubinstein and was one of the founders of the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music.  While in Russia, He taught and subsequently married his second wife, the great pianist Anna Yesipova.

He was also a composer of some note.  He studied composition with Simon Sechter whose claim to fame is that he was later the teacher of Anton Bruckner.  Leschetizky's oevre consists of two operas, a number of songs, a piano concerto, and many world for piano solo.

Below you will hear him play four of his own works for piano as well as a Fantasy by Mozart and the recording of a Chopin nocturne that blew me away in my early twenties.

A number of compositions by Theodor Leschetizky follow as performed by other pianists include his Piano Concerto in C minor, Op 9, a piece that is very much worth hearing.



Mozart  Fantasia in C minor, K 475

1906 Welte Mignon piano roll




Chopin  Nocturne 8 in D major, Op 27~2

1906 Welte Mignon piano roll




Leschetizky  Impromptu, Op 2~1 "Les Deux Alouettes"
piano roll




Leschetizky  Mazurka, Op 24~2

1906 Welte Mignon piano roll




Leschetizky  Consolation, Op 40~3 "Romanze"

early 1900s Aeolian piano roll




Leschetizky  "Waves and Billows"

1906 Welte Mignon piano roll




The following are performances of works by Leschetizky as performed by other pianists, many of whom were his students



Sextet from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor for the left hand
Paul Wittgenstein, piano (rec 1959)




Piano Concerto in C minor, Op 9
Peter Ritzen, piano
Cao Peng conducting the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra


(Beginning)



(Conclusion)




Impromptu, Op 2~1 "Les Deux Alouettes"
Ethel Leginska, piano (ca 1922 Duo-Art piano roll)




Andante Finale for the left hand, Op 13
from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor


Dennis Hennig, piano




Peter Ritzen, piano (rec live 2013)




Octave Etude
Ossip Gabrilowitsch, piano




"La Source" Etude, Op 36~4
Mark Hambourg, piano (piano roll)




Barcarola, Op 39~1
[performed by a pianist who goes by the name of musicalloverx on YouTube]




Etude in F minor, Op 43~2
Bogdan Czapiewski, piano




"Arabesque en forme d'Etude" Op 45~1
Benno Moiseiwitsch, piano (rec 1921)




from Contes de Jeunesse. Suite de morceaux, Op 46


5 Toccata - Homage à Czerny
Marie Novello, piano (rec 1923)



5 Toccata - Homage à Czerny
Peter Ritzen, piano



5 Toccata - Homage à Czerny
8 Fantasiestück - Hommage à Schumann
9 Hommage
à Chopin
Henriette Gärtner, piano (rec 2010)




Scherzo, Op 47~2
Gabrielle Marie, piano [Leschetizky's former pupil and 4th wife]




"Étude Héroïque" Op 48~3
Ervin Nyiregyhazi, piano










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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