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Essential Gesture

Author: Jacinta Dennett

Abstract: My research into essential gesture has brought together the technique and practices of harp playing and eurythmy. I use Carlos Salzedo’s fundamental harpistic gesture, which I see as a distillation of a more universal concept that I call essential gesture, as the ground of departure. Through research into Rudolf Steiner’s eurythmy and collaboration with eurythmists I sought to find; a deeper understanding of the essence of music, a corrective for teachers of the Salzedo method for harp, greater depth in my own instrumental performance practice and a validation of my sense of essential gesture.

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