Review Of "Rhythm And Life: The Work Of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze" By I. Spector

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Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950), an eminent Swiss musician, has been the subject of several biographical works. Spector presents a respectful chronicle of Dalcroze's life as seen through a thorough study of his work as a music educator and composer. The author explains Dalcroze's “Rhythmique” system and the relationship of its development to the musical and political environments in Europe from the early 1900s through the 1940s. Care is also taken to demonstrate the ways that the three elements of the system (movement, ear training, and improvisation) are integrated in practical use. Particularly useful chapters are included about “Rhythmique” schools in Hellerau, Germany (1910-14) and in Geneva, Switzerland (1914-24). Spector also chronicles the growth of the system around the world during the latter half of this century. Appendixes include an essay, “Jaques-Dalcroze as Music Educator” by Maria Adama van Scheltema, and five examples of Dalcroze scores. There are numerous black-and-white photographs and drawings and an extensive bibliography.


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