Anonymous 4

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Current members of the group are: Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek

Annotation last modified on 2012-10-15 20:40 UTC.


Anonymous 4 are an American female a cappella quartet, based in New York City. Their main performance genre is medieval music, although they have also premiered works by recent composers such as John Tavener and Steve Reich.

The name of the group is a pun on the name used to refer to an anonymous English music theorist of the late 13th century, Anonymous IV, who is the principal source on the two famous composers of the Notre Dame school, Léonin, and Pérotin.

Anonymous 4 have performed in cities throughout North America, and have been regulars at major international festivals. They decided to make the 2003–2004 season their last as a full-time recording and touring ensemble, but have continued to tour and make recordings while pursuing individual projects. The CD 1865, which features songs from the Civil War with Bruce Molsky on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and vocals will be their last recording together, as the ensemble will be disbanding for good by the end of the 2015–2016 season.

The group collaborated with The Mountain Goats on their 2012 album Transcendental Youth as well as with Christopher Tin in 2009 on his album Calling All Dawns, and in 2014 on The Drop That Contained the Sea.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 An English Ladymass: Medieval Chant and Polyphony Anonymous 4 2
1993 On Yoolis Night: Medieval Carols & Motets Anonymous 4 3
1994 Love's Illusion: Music From the Montpellier Codex (Anonymous 4) Anonymous 4 4 2
1995 The Lily & The Lamb: Chant & Polyphony From Medieval England Anonymous 4 1
1995 Voices of Light Anonymous 4 1
1996 Miracles of Sant'iago Anonymous 4 1
1996 A Star in the East Anonymous 4 1
1998 A Lammas Ladymass: 13th and 14th Century English Chant and Polyphony Anonymous 4 1
1999 Legends of St. Nicholas - Medieval Chant and Polyphony Anonymous 4 1
2000 1000: A Mass for the End of Time Anonymous 4 2
2001 The Second Circle: Love Songs of Francesco Landini Francesco Landini; Anonymous 4 1
2002 La bele Marie: Songs to the Virgin from 13th-Century France (Anonymous 4) Anonymous 4 1
2003 Darkness Into Light John Tavener; Anonymous 4, Chilingirian Quartet 1
2003 Wolcum Yule Anonymous 4 1
2004 American Angels Anonymous 4 1
2005 The Origin of Fire: Music and Visions of Hildegard Von Bingen Anonymous 4 2
2006 Gloryland Anonymous 4 1
2010 The Cherry Tree Anonymous 4 1
2011 Secret Voices: Chants & Polyphony from the Las Huelgas Codex, c. 1300 Anonymous 4 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Portrait Anonymous 4 1
2009 Four Centuries of Chant Anonymous 4 1

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