On a small blue card, Leschetizky neatly writes the opening three bars from the Vivace section of the Scherzo from his Op. 47, No. 2, work he had written the previous year, inscribing and signing beneath the quotation. A piano roll dating from 1910 with Leschetizky's wife playing this work can be found on YouTube.
Leschetizky's career began in a much different musical world than it ended. After his debut concert in 1839 with none other than Mozart's son, Franz Xaver, at the podium, Leschetizky went to study with Czerny in Vienna. A long and successful performance career ensued, but it was as a piano teacher that Leschetizky would really make his mark: upwards of 1,200 pupils traveled from all over the world to study with him, including such famous names as Schnabel, Gabrilovich, and Hambourg. In his later years he instructed Paderewski, whose success solidifed Leschetizky's position as the foremost teacher of his day. Of his method, Leschetizky once said: I teach exactly as Czerny taught me; I have added nothing, changed nothing.AMQ-08273$350