Audio Library Volume I
“Pulsation & Locomotion”

by Françoise Lombard

VOLUME 1 : pulsation & locomotion

This volume includes ten musical pieces mostly focused on the theme of locomotion. Through walking, running, skipping, slow walking, dance steps etc., the pulsation, which is the basis of music, is incarnated in the body. The pulsation (beat), in the body, results in steps. From pulsation to measure, and then to phrasing, VOLUME I brings together these musical notions intimately linked to each other, which give life and meaning to the musical discourse.

Improvisations : Françoise Lombard 
© Les Éditions Adragante, Canada

Recording : Michel Comeau, Northmount Studio, Montreal
Mastering : TrueSound Louis Morneau
Cover photos : David Tucker    © ICDS
Cover photos : Michel Comeau    © Dalcroze Canada
Cover graphic design : Michel Comeau

TRACK 1 EDUCATIONAL CONTENT from the guide

This music has a regular pulsation which lends itself to walking: walking following the pulsation = one step for each sound. What is the style bbnmof this music? What type of landscape are we in? Walk in rhythm in the landscape that we imagine (the desert?) And stop sometimes (teacher’s signal in connection with the musical phrases), to mime an activity, always in the same tempo as the music; then return to walking. Walk and change direction when you hear the beginning of a new phrase.This music has a regular pulsation which lends itself to walking: walking following the pulsation = one step for each sound. What is the style of this music? What type of landscape are we in? Walk in rhythm in the landscape that we imagine (the desert?) And stop sometimes (teacher’s signal in connection with the musical phrases), to mime an activity, always in the same tempo as the music; then return to walking. Walk and change direction when you hear the beginning of a new phrase.

2. Melodic movement and repeated notes 02:43

THE MELODY MOVES FORWARD AND THEN STOPS ...

3. 1 voice, two voices, many voices 02:44

VOICES AS PEOPLE : ALONE, IN PAIRS, IN GROUPS

4. Changing tempo 01:22

THE MUSIC SPEEDS UP AND THEN SLOWS DOWN : LET'S ADAPT !

5. 4/4 phrases 02:32

LIKE WORDS, THE MUSIC BREATHES, IT QUESTIONS, IT AFFIRMS.

6. 4/4 playing with 5 different rhythms 01:34

VARIED RHYTHMS IN A FIXED FRAME : THE MEASURE

7. Walk in 3/4 02:39

SWAYING SENSATION : STEPPING ON A MEASURE THAT DISCREETLY MAKES YOU SWING FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER

8. Five beats (changing tempo) 01:31

FAMILIAR, THE 5-BEAT MEASURE ? GIVE IT A TRY !

9. Quarter notes & syncopations 01:56

TURN AND DANCE WITH SYNCOPATION

10. Folk Dance in 2/4 01:38 about

JOIN THE DANCE !

VOLUME 1 : pulsation & locomotion

This volume includes ten musical pieces mostly focused on the theme of locomotion. Through walking, running, skipping, slow walking, dance steps etc., the pulsation, which is the basis of music, is incarnated in the body. The pulsation (beat), in the body, results in steps. From pulsation to measure, and then to phrasing, VOLUME I brings together these musical notions intimately linked to each other, which give life and meaning to the musical discourse.

VOLUME 2 : beat, subdivision and multiple

Volume 2 is based on the notion of pulsation and develops the concept of division and multiplication of the basic pulsation. This naturally leads us to different speeds, in precise relation to each other. These relationships necessarily imply relations between the notions of time, space and energy, central subject of the Dalcroze pedagogy.

VOLUME 3 : basic rhythms

Volume 3 presents simple rhythms, created from the different note values introduced in the previous two volumes. These include mainly short-short-long and long-short-short combinations. The purpose of these musical tracks is to introduce a variety of activities that allow students to assimilate musical rhythms while developing their motor skills and coordination.

VOLUME 4 : contrasts

The subject of contrasts is one way in which young children can begin to put words on what they hear. It is an excellent didactic tool for making conscious what is often intuitive listening. While some of the contrasts in this volume are suitable for the youngest listeners, others are aimed at more experienced children and even adults.

VOLUME 5 : natural movements

This volume addresses natural movements in the most simple of ways : the music offered invites you to move freely, without any particular reflection process. The concept of complicity between the music and the student’s movement is the base of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. This means that what the body is doing is exactly coherent with the music the student hears. This complicity actually nourishes both the movement and the musical sense.

VOLUME 6 : phrasing

Phrasing is the art of conducting a musical discourse. Like the phrasing of spoken language which conveys thought, musical phrasing has an inflection, a movement, an articulation, a breath, a dynamic and a direction that expresses an intention.
Body movement and the use of space allow us to feel the phrasing, to become aware of it and to express it clearly and globally. The experience of phrasing, once inscribed in the body, leads to an intimate understanding of the music.

VOLUME 7: simple meter

This volume presents simple time measures with 2, 3 and 4 beats. Their common point is the division of the beats, but they are very different from each other. Through a variety of exercises involving the whole body, one discovers the back-and-forth sensation of the two-beat meter, the circular movement of the three-beat meter, the duration and therefore the greater use of space induced by the four-beat meter.

VOLUME 8: compound meter

Volume 8 is dedicated to compound division. Like volume 7, it deals with the different meters, this time from 2 to 5 beats, and in increasing order. It focuses on the feeling of the overall duration of the meter and the beats, as well as their division into three. One becomes familiar with the rhythmic cells of both ternary trochee and iamb (long-short, short-long), one plays with rhythms and creates them.

VOLUME 9: unequal beats

After the simple and compound meters which deal with the division of a regular pulse by two or three, here are the unequal beat meters. Now, instead of dividing a pulsation, regular note values are added into groups of 2, 3 or 4. In this volume the note values are eighth notes.
Music in unequal beats reveals the richness of many cultures and gives you an irresistible desire to dance!

VOLUME 10: “one more step”

The last volume of the collection gathers various learning elements intended for a more advanced level.
Some tracks address topics covered in previous volumes (change of meters, canon, unequal measures, rhythmic and melodic dictation), at a more complex level; others introduce the notion of polymeter, that is, the superposition of two different metric values within the same time frame, for example two beats of ternary value (6/8) with three beats of binary value (3/4). The proposed polymeters are 2><3, 3><4, 5><2, 5><3.

This material is intended to promote the learning of music through body movement, but it does not constitute a professional “music and movement” training. Therefore, its use does not authorise one to use the title of Dalcroze teacher. However, the experimentation of the Library could inspire and motivate a person to pursue a more advanced training of Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics, with the option of obtaining, after several years of study, professional recognition.