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The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner Series 279 Read Description

Eurythmy as Speech Made Visible

Speech Eurythmy Course (CW 279)

November 2024
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • ISBN 9781855846654
  • Language English
  • Pages 512 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.25"

15 lectures, Dornach, June 24 – July 12, 1924 (CW 279)

With these fundamental lectures on speech eurythmy—given just months after his course “Eurythmy as Visible Singing”—Rudolf Steiner completed the foundations of the new art of movement. In connecting to the centuries-old esoteric and exoteric Western traditions of “the Word”—the creative power in the sounds of the divine-human alphabet—he gave it concrete form and expression in the performing arts, in education, and for therapy. Although aimed primarily at the professional concerns of eurythmists who perform, teach, or work as therapists, the lectures offer a wealth of suggestions and insights to anyone interested in the arts.

For this new edition—freshly translated by Matthew Barton and introduced by Coralee Frederickson—the original shorthand transcripts have been compared exhaustively with typed records and the notes of course participants. The notes included numerous sketches of movements, gestures, and choreographies, many of which have been reproduced here to complement the text.

Also featured is an appendix comprising facsimiles and transcripts of Rudolf Steiner’s preparatory notes, programs of the eurythmy performances given during the course, and accounts by Steiner published in the Anthroposophical Society newsletter.

Finally, this new translation also includes recollections by course participants, supplemental sketches of eurythmy forms and movements, Marie Steiner’s original foreword, and thirty pages of color plates, featuring blackboard drawings and eurythmy forms.

Eurythmy as Speech Made Visible is a translation from German of Eurythmie als sichtbare Sprache: Laut-Eurythmie-Kurs, Rudolf Steiner Verlag; revised and expanded edition, 2014 (GA 279).

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (b. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner, 1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.