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Creative Speech

The Formative Process of the Spoken Word (CW 280)

January 2014
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    2nd January 2014
  • ISBN 9781855843868
  • Language English
  • Pages 240 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

A Selection of Lectures, Exercises, and Articles (CW 280)

In this seminal work on a new art of speech, Rudolf Steiner and Marie Steiner-von Sivers demonstrate how words can truly be brought to life. From the authors’ perspective, the sound of speech is merely the result of a much greater process that begins inwardly. In contrast to the belief that speaking is entirely a matter of correct placement in the mouth, Rudolf Steiner advises speakers to concentrate on what takes place before the mechanical production of sound is made in the physical organism.

This book is relevant for actors, teachers, therapists, and anyone wishing to reinvigorate the art of the word. It will be an invaluable friend and guide to improving clarity and restoring beauty to communication.

Creative Speech is a translation from German of Methodik und Wesen der Sprachgestaltung (GA 280).

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction by Edwin Froböse
From The Story of My Life, by Rudolf Steiner
Entry in a Note Book, by Marie Steiner

Basic Conditions for Anthroposophical Activity (Rudolf Steiner)
Paths to the Artistic Unity of Primal Poetry (Marie Steiner)
Speech Exercises with Explanations (Rudolf Steiner)
Pedagogical Course with The College of Teachers (Rudolf Steiner)
Course on the Art of Speech Formation, parts 1 & 2 (Rudolf Steiner)
From the Course on the Art of Speech (Rudolf Steiner)
Exercises for Sensing Sound (Rudolf Steiner)
Exercise for Stammerers (Rudolf Steiner)
The Art of Recitation (Marie Steiner with additions by Rudolf Steiner)
An Essay—1926 (Marie Steiner)
Aphorism (Marie Steiner)
For the Actors (Marie Steiner)
Exercise for Speaking in the Stream of Breath (Marie Steiner)
From Notes on Stage Direction (Marie Steiner)
Fragmentary Notes (Marie Steiner)
Jottings from Note Books (Marie Steiner)

Speech and the Spirit of Language (Rudolf Steiner)
Guidelines in the Art of Education for Speech Formation (Rudolf Steiner)
Contributions for a Training School in the Art of Lecturing (Rudolf Steiner)
Introductory Words on Rudolf Steiner as a Speaker (Marie Steiner)
On Speech Defects (Rudolf Steiner)
Aphoristic Remarks on Speech Formation and Dramatic Art (Rudolf Steiner)


Index of German Exercises
Index of English Exercises
Chronological Table

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.

Marie Steiner-von Sivers

Marie Steiner-von Sivers (1867–1948) was born in Wlotzlawek, in Russian Poland and grew up in St. Petersburg. She trained as an actor, but left the stage when she met Theosophy through Edouard Schuré, whose works she translated. In 1900, she met Rudolf Steiner, whom she later married and worked alongside in the development of Anthroposophy. She died in Beatenberg, Switzerland.