Texas Early Music Project presents Notre Dame Cathedral, c. 1200
From meditative chant to rousing polyphony, TEMP explores the groundbreaking music of Léonin and Pérotin of the 12th-century School of Notre-Dame, whose musical innovations are the foundation for almost all the music today in the Western world.
Though solemn, a sense of joy and celebration permeate this music, echoing the ecstasy of the Marian movement during the 12th and 13th centuries. Rhythmically complex polyphonic pieces known as organum act as a wonderful complement to the dance-like conductus and the even older plainchant. A few works that reveal the lighter sides of the lives of the monks with semi-secular works featuring vielle player, Mary Springfels, and harpist, Therese Honey is also included.
The a cappella choir of fifteen male voices will perform with guest artists Temmo Korisheli (California) and Ryland Angel (New York) and join some of Austin’s best singers, including Jeffrey Jones Ragona, Steve Olivares, David Lopez, Tim O’Brien, and others.