Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955), had to pause his career as Shakespearean actor and reciter in Australia, because of problems with his voice. Motivated by this, he developed a method that not only resolved his voice problems, but also erased the noises he was making when breathing and allowed him to attain poise and ease in movement.
He developed and expanded his holistic method through observation of himself (also in performance) and his students over a period of almost two decades.
In 1904, Alexander went to London where he worked and established himself as a breath specialist. His growing reputation, attracted students such as Aldous Huxley, John Dewey or the Bishop of Canterbury. While words alone were not sufficient to teach his newly attained proficiency, he developed a subtle touch to transmit his experience of lightness in being. He continued to refine this procedure during his lifetime and it remains an important tool in teaching the technique.
F.M. Alexander had a vision in which his work would play a part in the evolution of mankind through the education of awareness and the resulting growth of consciousness.
He wrote four books: „Man’s Supreme Inheritance“, 1910, „Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual“ 1923, „The Use of the Self“ 1932, and „The Universal Constant in Living“ 1941.
Endangered by the Corona crisis: A CD production with many first recordings of German romantic literature, recorded on original instruments, including a horn with an engraving from A.E. Fischer Bremen! The funds for the mastering and pressing of the CDs as well as the costs for the graphic design and printing of the booklet are still missing. The music from the collection Solo Buch für Waldhorn wants to live and touch listeners once more. You can support this project by clicking on the link. You can read my article about salon music that appeared in the Horn Call 02.2020, by clicking here.