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     Anonymous 4

    This group is a four-member a-cappella female ensemble that was established in New York in 1986 after the members got together for a session.  It was so successful that they created the program “Legends of Nicholas” and it went from there.  They named themselves after a treatise of music called Anonymous 4 which details the music and styles used in 13th century Paris at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. 

     

    Their repertoire is largely medieval music but through time they have added Renaissance, British and American traditional and contemporary styles.  These contemporary styles have seen them giving premieres of works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Richard Einhorn, Steve Reich and John Tavener.  

     

    Gaining a lot of recognition through the course of their career, the ensemble has appeared at festivals and many national and international venues as well as on various television and radio programmes. 

     

    Also acclaimed for their recordings they have released many albums including Billboard album chart entries and winning several awards. These albums include American Angels, An English Ladymass, Gloryland, On Yoolis Night, A Portrait of Anonymous 4, The Second Circle and Voices of Light. 

     

    They stopped touring and recording on a full-time basis in 2004 but still often appear together.

     

    Members over the years:

    Ruth Cunningham

    Marsha Genensky

    Susan Hellauer

    Jacqueline Horner 

    Johanna Marie Rose

     

    Anonymous 4 recordings

    Awake and Join the Cheerful Choir (English Traditional)

    Harmonia Mundi HMU 907325 (CD:  Wolcum Yule)

    Harp - Andrew Lawrence King 

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.anonymous4.com/
    2. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=41:10359~T1
    3. http://www.myspace.com/theanonymous4
    4. http://harmoniamundi.com/usa/artistes_fiche.php?artist_id=8
    5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_4
    6. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=41:10359~T3

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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