31 May 2013
Eurythmics was a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, now disbanded but known to reunite from time to time.
Their musical style ranged from new wave and synthpop to pop rock and soft rock. Eurythmics originally came together in 1980 and disbanded in 1990, but reunited in 1999 and split again in 2005.
The duo released their first album, In The Garden, in 1981 but really hit it big with their second album Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), released in 1983. The title track from the album was a worldwide hit, topping the chart in various countries including the US. Eurythmics went on to release a string of hit singles and albums before they split in 1990.
They called the group Eurythmics after the pedagogical exercise system that Lennox had encountered as a child. Dalcroze Eurhythmics (note spelling difference) is also known as the The Eurhythmics of Jaques-Dalcroze or simply Eurhythmics and is a system of interpreting musical rhythms through one's body. It was invented by Swiss composer Emile Jaques-Dalcroze to express the "symmetry and spirit" of music. Similarly, if something is eurhythmic, it is harmonious, or pleasing to the ear.
It is one of several developmental approaches including the Kodaly Method, Orff Schulwerk and Suzuki Method used to teach music education to students. Eurhythmics teaches concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression using movement, and is the concept for which Dalcroze is best known. It focuses on allowing the student to gain physical awareness and experience of music through training that takes place through all of the senses, particularly kinesthetic.