1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War
Anonymous 4 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with their third American music project. 1865 focuses on the personal experience of men, women, and children from the North and from the South, as told in songs originally written for the stage and for the parlor, and in songs and instrumental tunes from the hills and back roads of America.
Features special guest Bruce Molsky (fiddle, banjo, guitar, and voice).
To mark nearly 30 years together, Anonymous 4 have created a truly unique and very special concert program, ANTHOLOGY. It features ancient, traditional and modern works from each of their 22 prize-winning, chart-topping harmonia mundi cds, in one, two, three and four voices, ranging from 11th century plainchant, richly harmonic English conductus and spicy French motets of the 13th century, exotic 15th-century Hungarian polyphony, American songs popular during the year 1865, and contemporary works, including head, heart, from love fail, written for Anonymous 4 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.
Fragments from various retellings of the Tristan and Isolde story collide with details from more modern relationships, in this evening length meditation on love, written for us by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Come see us sing and play percussion at the same time!
Marie-Marion: Motets & Songs from the Montpellier Codex (c. 1300)
The 13th-century French motet, in 2, 3 or 4 voices, built upon a pre-existing tenor, was the musical and notational avant-garde vehicle of its time, showcasing the growing capabilities of rhythmic notation, as it rapidly developed in complexity and flexibility throughout the century.
Our newest program, Marie-Marion includes Latin and French motets devoted to Mary, and French motets of earthly love for Marion, Marot, Marotele, and their amorous sisters. We also sing monophonic music on which these motets are based: plainchant masterpieces, as well as the trouvère and popular love songs so often quoted in these motets.
Grace & Glory: Sacred Song from Medieval France and Early America
4 travels from old world to new . . . From their latest harmonia mundi cd Marie-Marion, (early 2014 release), the first half features 13-th century French motets from the Montpellier Codex. The second half includes American shape note tunes, gospel songs and folk hymns from the late 18th to the 20th centuries, among them that quintessential American hymn Amazing Grace.