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2905 San Gabriel Suite 204 
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 377-6961

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2905 San Gabriel Suite 204
Austin, TX 78705

(512) 377-6961

Founded in 1987 by Daniel Johnson, the Texas Early Music Project is dedicated to preserving and advancing the art of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical music through performance, recordings, and educational outreach. 

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2016-2017 Season

TEMP 2016-2017 Season at a glance

Impetus: The Movements, changes, and innovations of six centuries

Like the universe, the world of music is constantly in motion.
Techniques change; instruments change; form and function change.

Movement, change, development: These are the themes that Texas Early Music Project
explores in its 2016-2017 season.



Download our
Season Brochure


“just another day in the future” ©stttijn, 2007 (Creative Commons Usage Rights)

Pathways to Bach

Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 7PM, with pre-concert lecture at 6PM
   Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive
Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 3PM, with pre-concert lecture at 2PM
Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive

J.S. Bach didn’t appear out of nowhere. Dietrich Buxtehude, who has been called “the father of German musicians,” heavily influenced Bach; Buxtehude, in turn, was influenced by Heinrich Schütz, who along with Bach, is considered one of the most important German composers of the 17th century. Featuring Schütz's Musikalische Exequien and Buxtehude's Herzlich lieb hab' ich.

Read the Director's Blog for more concert details.

Visit the Gallery page to learn more about Buxtehude and Bach in Meredith's latest Music History Shorts video!

Enjoy audio samples from our related CD, Pathways to Bach.

Download the Pathways to Bach program notes

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Songs of the Sephardim: Love, Lament, and Loss

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8PM
   Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Boulevard
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3PM
St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th Street

Expelled from Iberia in 1492, the Sephardim fled to new many new lands, including the Middle East and the Balkans. The haunting music of the Sephardim in the Diaspora reflects their longing for return to Iberia, while adapting their music and traditions to their new homelands.

Read the Director's Blog for more concert details.

Enjoy audio samples from our related CDs, La Rosa,  Night and Day: Sephardic Songs of Love and Exile and Convivencia: Love and War in Renaissance Spain.

Download the Songs of the Sephardim program notes

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An Early Christmas

Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8PM
   First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Avenue
Saturday December 10, 2016 at 8PM
First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Avenue
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3PM
First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive

We explore the intangible essence of Christmas with beautiful and joyful carols, motets, dances, and traditional songs with innovative arrangements for solo voices, small chorus, harp, violin, flute, mandolin, viols, and lutes.

Read the Director's Blog for concert details.

Enjoy audio samples from our related CDs: GaudeteNoëlSwete was the Songe, and Stella splendens.

Download the program notes for An Early Christmas

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Love's Grand: The Sweet Delights of Baroque Opera

Saturday, February 18, 2016 at 8PM
   First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3PM
First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive

Experience the beauty, brilliance, and passion that the best composers in Italy, France, and England instilled in opera, from its intimate beginnings in the late 16th century through the High Baroque, with music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Lully, Purcell, Handel, and others.

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Notre Dame Cathedral, c. 1200

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8PM
   St. Mary Cathedral, 203 East 10th Street
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3PM
 First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive

Stepping back 400 years to around 1200, the Notre Dame school of polyphony was prominent in mastering the change from single-voice chant to three- and four-part polyphony with the composer Pérotin being the impetus of this new style. Even though single-voice chant continued to thrive and grow, the excitement generated by the new multi-voice texture dominated European sacred music for centuries.

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Monteverdi 1610

Saturday, May 13, 2016 at 7PM
   Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive
Sunday, May 14, 2016 at 3PM
Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive

The development from the early Baroque style of Schütz to the high-Baroque masterpieces of Bach was a century in the making. Likewise, Monteverdi (who, along with Giovanni Gabrieli, was highly influential on Schütz) was a major authority in the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque. His Vespers of 1610 includes elements of both musical eras; at this time, the changes of style and fancy were lightning-fast. Monteverdi lived in both worlds.