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The Eurhythmics of Jaques-Dalcroze   By: (1865-1950)

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[Illustration: Emile Jaques Dalcroze.]

THE EURHYTHMICS OF JAQUES DALCROZE

Introduction by Professor M. E. Sadler, LL.D. (Columbia) Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds

BOSTON SMALL MAYNARD AND COMPANY 1915

Printed in Great Britain

{ Pas gar ho bios tou anthropou eurythmias te kai euarmostias deitai. }

"Rhythmische Gymnastik" is the name by which the Dalcroze method is known in Germany, but whether or not the German words are adequate, their literal translation into English certainly gives too narrow an idea of the scope of the system to any one unacquainted with it. Rhythmical "gymnastics," in the natural meaning of the word, is a part of the Dalcroze training, and a not unimportant part, but it is only one application of a much wider principle; and accordingly, where the term occurs in the following pages, it must be understood simply as denoting a particular mode of physical drill. But for the principle itself and the total method embodying it, another name is needed, and the term "Eurhythmics" has been here coined for the purpose. The originality of the Dalcroze method, the fact that it is a discovery, gives it a right to a name of its own: it is because it is in a sense also the rediscovery of an old secret that a name has been chosen of such plain reference and derivation. Plato, in the words quoted above, has said that the whole of a man's life stands in need of a right rhythm: and it is natural to see some kinship between this Platonic attitude and the claim of Dalcroze that his discovery is not a mere refinement of dancing, nor an improved method of music teaching, but a principle that must have effect upon every part of life.

JOHN W. HARVEY.

CONTENTS

NOTE: John W. Harvey 5

THE EDUCATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE OF HELLERAU: Prof. M. E. Sadler 11

RHYTHM AS A FACTOR IN EDUCATION:} Emile Jaques Dalcroze 15 FROM LECTURES AND ADDRESSES: } Translated by P. & E. Ingham 26

THE METHOD: GROWTH AND PRACTICE: Percy B. Ingham 31

LESSONS AT HELLERAU: Ethel Ingham 48

LIFE AT HELLERAU: Ethel Ingham 55

THE VALUE OF EURHYTHMICS TO ART: M. T. H. Sadler. 60

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Emile Jaques Dalcroze Frontispiece

The College: from the East Facing page 15

The College: Front 26

The College: General View from the South East 31

Beating 4/4 } Movements for the Semibreve} Between pages 36 and 37

Beating 5/4 in Canon without Expression} Beating 5/4 in Canon with Expression } " " 44 " 45

The Air Bath } The College: Entrance Hall} " " 48 " 49

The College: Classrooms} The College: Interiors } " " 52 " 53

The Hostel: Interiors Facing page 55

The Hostel: General View page 57

Dresden from Hellerau Facing page 59

A Plastic Exercise " " 60

A Plastic Exercise " " 64

THE EDUCATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE OF HELLERAU

At Hellerau two things make an ineffaceable impression upon the mind the exquisite beauty of movement, of gesture and of grouping seen in the exercises; and the nearness of a great force, fundamental to the arts and expressing itself in the rhythm to which they attain... Continue reading book >>




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