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The majority of compositions written through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance are by people long forgotten, and attribution often remains a problem. In fact, it is not known who was responsible for the foundation works of Western classical music. Also unknown are the composers of many later songs, dance tunes, and marches that were integral to daily life and now also count as "classical." Early sacred music represented the official doctrine and aesthetics of the church; a composer's personal expression simply didn't count once the music was adopted for liturgical use, and, in many cases, it would have seemed presumptuous for an individual to take credit for a piece of sacred music. So although a very few specific medieval church composers, such as Hildegard of Bingen, are known, most early sacred music is the work of intentionally anonymous musician employed by the Catholic Church. In the realm of early secular music, a village musician might piece together a dance tune that became popular. Taken up by other players, the tune would pass by ear from village to village, and from generation to generation. The dance's origin would become obscure, even within the composer's lifetime. The rise of music publishing and commercial sale of scores in the Renaissance, and especially the Baroque era, began linking composers' names to their music. Yet some pieces were deliberately published anonymously for political or personal reasons, and many unscrupulous publishers simply neglected to name their composers, thereby avoiding the nuisance of paying them for their work. The survival of records from the Renaissance on has made it easier for musicologists to connect names to scores of debatable authorship written in the past four centuries or so. Yet scholars have sometimes been too quick to link a famous composer to an obscure composition and their attributions have often been dead wrong. Haydn's "Toy" symphony and Beethoven's "Jena" symphony, for example, turned out to be written by other composers. In some cases, crediting a score to "Anonymous" would remain the safest practice. Since the early twentieth century, the refinement of copyright laws, the availability of royalties, the rise of composer-advocacy groups, and cultural emphasis on individual achievement have all made it unlikely that any new work will appear without a solid attribution. ~ James Reel, Rovi
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check out Anoushka Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan,sarod; Ah Bing,blind Chinese erhu...
I am looking for traditional/ a c o u s t i c sitar music...any suggestions? ? Just mellow stuff-great for my art room! Help! :)
johnnyohania n
my favorite composer was Leopold Anonymous
OMG, I came here through a genre link with east african music, I cant believe no one else has connected the dots, This is Somali pirates jamming with a bad producer!

Anonymous was often synonymous with women composers who wrote but because of cultural bias were forbidden to sign their names.
This sounds like a Barrios piece my husband used to play. I think John Williams plays it as well.
Unknown or Anonymous, both are synonymous.
I love this piece I play the guitar myself this 1 the classical guitar it's the most beautiful guitar in the world 2 me so much passion
mbauerle2
History of Hymns: “To God Be the Glory”
by C. Michael Hawn

"To God Be the Glory"
Fanny J. Crosby
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 98

Fanny J. Crosby

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done.

How hymns travel throughout space and time is fascinating. “To God be the glory” was included in William Doane’s Songs of Devotion
1stchairflut e
Wonderful, beautiful! Music at its finest.
miaomiaocui
Feels like traveling back time to a quiet tea room in a peaceful winter afternoon
Beautiful!!
Lissten to Elf-Rune radio
John Williams' theme for the Deer Hunter is awesome!!!
cesar560
Great, but what is it and how do I listen to any of it???
Beautiful ;)
so nice
Haunting, delectable ...
muneeb25
Gorgeous!
So beautiful... . . . . . . . . . . .
wlfpk96
Yes
wlfpk96
Do you like it
wlfpk96
Love is sonf
Love the song and the write-up on Anonymous...
Good to read Brother Cadfael by.
This is the second song I learned to play. I LOVE it.
gooddogwoof8
Im british and love this music
I love early music! To me the music of the mideval and Renaissance eras are so fascinating.
Love this medieval music
It is crazy how lifeless and flat western instruments sound when playing Chinese music. Maybe has to do with tuning and sterile technique?
Best classical song. I can almost play it
The richness and spiritual endorsement is a refrain of elegance and a composition fit for the ages.
this sounds like an old Ukrainian folk song
rl_plumlee
anonymous and unintended consequences have always been a few of my favorite things
johnnyohania n
Ich bin damit einverstande n , dass Troll ein sehr schlechtem Betragen Person ist in der Tat! Wie kann er es wagen verschmutzen die heilige Abschnitt Kommentar mit Ihrem Gefasel. Ketzer!
zazen786
Are you deaf, mr. grt5? or maybe tasteless...
you are all terrible taste of music
I have lots and lots of English Ancestery and love the sound of the old english lute. It just sounds so nice
Always makes me think about living in the Middle Ages
There is truly enough Byzantine Chant that exists without delving into the realms of Western Chant (The Roman Catholic Church). Why does my station play mostly Western Rite Masses. Apparently Mr. Reel is also not aware that there is a lot of Eastern Chant that has nothing to do with the Roman Catholic Church and has plenty of non-anonymou s writers.
Anonymous has always been my favorite composer!
Jason, below: rancher of trolls? :p
notrustforyo u s i r
Its Anon! I didn't know they composed! From sacred, folk, oriental, and more! What a range they have! I wonder what they plan on doing in the music business, though.
Kellyvan88 has it right! I love Anonymous -- so prolific, so versatile, so accomplished ! The master of the subtlest nuance, and of the greatest, most tangled intricacies, as well as the grandest, crashingest bombast! so skilled in every musical style imaginable!
nicholas.nee l y 1
Yes, that is very beautiful, thanks. it reminds me of the orthodox christian hymns because of the style of the tone being used and the esome or drone in the background during the chanting. The church had it's first split in 1054, maybe rome liked it so much they kept it, but in Latin. another example, I've herd the same hymn "christ is risen" in greek, arabic, russian, ethiopian and english. oh, and spainish. They all used the same Tone, except for the ethopians who changed it big time, but it s
riddlemeplea s e
GREGORIAN CHANT AND MOZART

Of all the sacred songs, the chant of the monks is the one most deprived of any bodily expression, since it does not make any reference to the feelings that occur in life. It is directly plugged into creation, facing its Creator, whose praises it sings. Gregorian chant remains that celestial hymn and dance closely linked to listening, and listening to the Most High. Mozart too leads us towards that same ultimate point.

"His child's heart vibrated with a fast and
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This has some pretty good stuff. And Jason Rancher, I am disappoint.
Regarding tongue-in-ch e e k enthusiasm for the composer "Anonymous," perhaps Mr. Rancher would best withhold pompous, overly verbose opinions in the future.
Mr. Rancher seems to have missed the spirit in which kellyvan88's comment was made. I'm sure kellyvan88 was fully aware that Anonymous is not a single composer and was simply being humorous while expressing appreciation for all the great music we've been given by unknown composers. With the understandin g that I'm writing in that same spirit: Anonymous rules! What an awesome legacy! (And so talented in both music and writing!) :)
I like the above article about the work of history's most prolific composer, and this is a lovely piece, but I can't imagine why Pandora thinks it is similar to Sarum chant, which is from before the Renaissance, or the music of Blondel de Nesle, from the very early Renaissance. Aside, of course, from all the music being good ...
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