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13915 Burnet Road, Suite 402
Austin, TX 78728
United States

(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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Taxes, Cornetti, & Sackbuts: Oh my!

Danny Johnson

 
 

Tax season: so fun, beautiful, and revelatory! The answer to life! Yep, working on taxes always puts me in such a calm and reflective mood, especially during Easter week, when church-singers pretty much live at their respective churches. 

Also fun, beautiful, and revelatory: the Notre-Dame concert from late March. The guys did great (even when given a starting pitch that was a minor 3rd too high—way to use that technique, basses!) Many, many, many kudos and thanks to Dr. Rebecca Baltzer for her suggestions, guidance, and music transcriptions. We hope to revisit this rep soon. Or something similar. Machaut? Stay tuned!

But, you know, sometimes you just have to pause and take a look in the mirror and think calmly to yourself, "Holy moly! We're doing the Monteverdi Vespers in 3 weeks!!! Batten down the hatches! All hands on deck! Trim the mainsail! Find a can-opener! 

As Schroeder exclaims, "Monteverdi is IT, clear and simple!" The Vespero della Beata Vergine of 1610 is amazing and monumental and I'm thrilled that TEMP is in a position to take on such a stupendous project! We have several distinguished guests joining the equally wonderful core group for this concert. Cornetti, sackbuts, strings, 3 theorbos, harp, organ, and more! And this will mark cornettist Douglas Kirk's (former Clearlight Waites and UT Early Music Ensemble director's) first concert with TEMP in a decade. Cornetti? What are they, you ask?  Watch Meredith's informative and fun video about the cornetto! 

Have I mentioned that it's gonna be a doozy to celebrate Monteverdi's 450th birthday? (He was born May 9, so we'll be a few days late...) This is the last doozy of the season and the wise concert goer should get tickets soon!

Oh, and there's this raffle thing! Check it out! Invite TEMP to perform for your private event!

Read more about the Vespers below...with audio teasers....Holy moly!!
-Danny

 
 

Monteverdi 1610

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7PM, with pre-concert lecture at 6PM
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 3PM, with pre-concert lecture at 2PM
Both performances at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church
7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, TX 78731

Admission $30 general; $25 seniors (60+); $5 students (at the door only)
Tickets available in advance online or by cash, check, or credit card at the door.

For more information, call 512-377-6961 and leave a message,
or email info@early-music.org.

TEMP rounds out its season of musical transition and innovation with the monumental Monteverdi Vespero della Beata Vergine of 1610 and it’s just in time to celebrate the composer's 450th birthday—May 9, 1567.

Claudio Monteverdi was a major power in the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque, and his Vespers of 1610 includes elements of both musical eras. The Vespers is a powerhouse of widely diverse styles from beginning to end, ranging from virtuosic solos and duets to exuberant double-choir pieces in a glorious fusion of late Renaissance and early Baroque styles. Enjoy these audio teasers from the Andrew Parrott/Taverner Consort recording:

The 27-voice chorus includes guest soloists tenor Ryland Angel, bass Peter Walker, and tenor Temmo Korisheli. The rest of the many soloists are part of TEMP’s core singers, including Gitanjali Mathur, Jenifer Thyssen, Cayla Cardiff, Brett Barnes, and others.

The expanded early Baroque orchestra includes 3 cornetti, 3 early trombones, bowed strings, and an amazing continuo section of 3 theorbos, harp, portative organ, and harpsichord.

Don’t miss the pre-concert lecture 1 hour before each concert by KMFA's Sara Schneider!

Come celebrate Monteverdi's 450th birthday with a concert that would have lit all the candles on his birthday cake!

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Follow the Yellow Brick Pathway . . .

Danny Johnson

That Schütz & Buxtehude built!

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Howdy! It's been a busy summer. TEMP had a concert of Medieval music at the Mt. Carmel Hermitage Monastery near San Angelo at the end of June and it was really well-received. It was about 80 miles from where I grew up and the afternoon light was unmistakably that of west Texas. This was sandwiched between the Texas Toot workshop in June and the Amherst Early Music Festival/Workshop in July and season preparations in August and ... well, you see where we're going with this: It's already time for concert season!! Our 19th concert season? Could that be true? It takes almost all my fingers and toes to count up the years, so it must be!

We start off with a revised version of our 2005 concert, "Pathways to Bach," which won the Critics Table Award for Best Choral Concert that year.  This year we're doing a different cantata by Dieterich Buxtehude than the one we did in 2005 because Sara Schneider requested it! And it's truly extraordinary; I hope you'll love it! And speaking of Sara Schneider: She will be giving a wonderful pre-concert lecture about 1 hour before concert time both days: "Strange Tones: What Bach Learned from Buxtehude" — don't miss it! 

And be sure to watch the latest broadcast of Meredith Ruduski's Music History Shorts in which she interviews Sara Schneider.

So join us in about 2 weeks! And don't let the start time catch you by surprise on Saturday: lecture at 6pm and concert at 7pm (and lecture at 2pm and concert at 3pm on Sunday!)

Bis bald! (Till soon!)
-Danny

 
 

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

Admission $30 general; $25 seniors (60+); $5 students (at the door only)
Tickets available in advance online or by cash, check, or credit card at the door.

Take advantage of preferred seating by purchasing Season Tickets!

For more information, call 512-377-6961 and leave a message,
or email info@early-music.org.

Don’t miss the pre-concert lecture by Sara Schneider 1 hour before each concert:
Strange Tones: What Bach learned from Buxtehude

J.S. Bach didn’t just appear out of nowhere. Dieterich Buxtehude heavily influenced Bach; before that, Buxtehude was influenced by Heinrich Schütz, who is considered one of the most important German composers of the 17th century.

Heinrich Schütz, rightly called the ‘father of German music,’ brought Germany into the forefront of the musical world in the mid-17th century, establishing a trend that lasted more than two hundred years. Dieterich Buxtehude was one of the most important composers in Germany at the end of the 17th century and he was a primary influence for J.S. Bach’s sacred cantatas and organ music. For its opening concert of the season, Texas Early Music Project performs some of the most technically and emotionally powerful music by both of these composers, featuring Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien and Buxtehude’s magnificent cantata Herzlich lieb hab’ ich dich, o Herr.

TEMP's season starts with a 26-voice choir and small orchestra performing major works by Schütz & Buxtehude. Featured soloists include Gitanjali Mathur, Jenifer Thyssen, Shari Alise Wilson, Cayla Cardiff, Nina Revering, Erin Calata, Ryland Angel, Stephanie Prewitt, Paul D'Arcy, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, David Lopez, Thann Scoggin, Peter Walker, Steve Olivares, and Brett Barnes. The period orchestra includes period strings (violins, viola, and cellos) and a continuo band of theorbo, harp, and organ.

Join us for our opening concert! Glorious and revelatory music
by both Schütz and the composer known to J.S. Bach as Buxte-Dude!

Season Subscriptions and Single Tickets are on sale now!


 

 

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September Songs

Danny Johnson

It might be a long, long time from May to September, but it really whizzed by due to the Texas Toot and the Amherst Early Music Festival and preparations for ... everything! But here we are! The first concert of the season in a few days and it's a doozy, with 2 videos created Dr. Roger L. Martínez-Dávila and guest performers from the east coast and the west coast. And it's all about Coexistence. Convivencia. It's been one of the most popular of our concert themes, so every 5 years or so we re-visit old [musical] friends and add a few new.

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, 8:00pm (with pre-concert lecture at 7:00pm)
St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 606 W. 15th Street

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, 3:00pm (with pre-concert lecture at 2:00pm)
Temple Beth Shalom, 7300 Hart Lane

Photo by Cecily Johnson

As a little informative teaser for our Convivencia Re-Envisioned concert, our multi-talented artist and Operations Coordinator, Meredith Ruduski, has created an entertaining and educational video about two instruments that will be featured in our program: the santur and the oud. Enjoy the video below!

Photo by Cecily Johnson

 

And to take the edge off the end of August, we had a lovely fundraising party on August 30 at the Wally Workman Gallery on 6th, produced/directed/nurtured by Meredith Ruduski. It was wunderbarlichkeit, thanks to Mer, the Board, and the performers: Meredith, Jenifer, Cayla, Stephanie, Jenny, Jane, Scott, and Marshall! 

Photo by Cecily Johnson

 

Onward! Vigilance! Convivencia.
-Danny

 

 

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