8 lectures, Dornach, Feb. 19–27 1924 (CW 278)
“The study of music is the study of the human being. The two are
inseparable, and eurythmy is the art that brings this most clearly to
expression. In these lectures, Rudolf Steiner guides us along a path
toward an understanding of the human form as music comes to
rest—the movements of eurythmy bringing this music back to life.”
“Fundamentally speaking, music is the human being, and indeed
it is from music that we rightly learn how to free ourselves from matter.”
The focus of these eight lectures is the source of movement and gesture
in the human being. Movement in musical experience is thus traced
back to its origin in the human instrument itself. Like the degrees of the
musical scale, Rudolf Steiner leads his select audience of young artists
through eight stages, focusing on the living principles of discovery
Eurythmy was born in the turbulent decades of the early twentieth
century. From an individual question as to whether it was possible
to create an art based on meaningful movement, Rudolf Steiner
responded with fresh creative possibilities for a renewal of the arts
in their totality. The new art of eurythmy was an unexpected gift.
Today, music eurythmy, along with its counterpart based on speech,
is practiced as an art, taught as a subject in schools, enjoyed as a
social activity and applied as a therapy.
This definitive translation of Steiner’s original lecture course on
eurythmy includes a facsimile, transcription, and translation of the
lecturer’s notes, together with an introduction and index. The
volume is supplemented with an extensive “companion,” featuring
full commentary and notes compiled by Alan Stott, as well as a
translation of Josef Matthias Hauer’s Interpreting Melos.
This volume is a translation from German of the book
Eurythmie als sichtbarer Gesang (GA 278).