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Houston Early Music: Illuminations

A 50 Year Retrospective



Dr. Anne Schnoebelen captures Houston Early Music’s evolution from a beloved society founded by Houston harpsichord lovers to an internationally recognized presenter, still bringing critically acclaimed early music artists and ensembles to Houston.


Meet the founders and supporters of this outstanding organization. Marvel over the number of contemporary world-class musicians delivering concerts featuring the music of great composers and their works from between 800 to 1800. Note the growth of interest in what encompasses the definition of early music and where in the world it applies.


However, what you may find most striking is discovering the parallel strengths of this mission-driven organization and its home city: the challenges of the times, the recoveries made again and again.


This book is not only a salute to Houston Early Music; it is also a tribute to the resiliency of Houston, Texas, a model city in America today.


By Anne Schnoebelen

Joseph and Ida Kirkland Mullen Professor Emerita of Music

Rice University


With Additional Material by

Deborah Dunham, Matthew Dirst, Nancy Ellis, Sharon Giuffre,

and Judy Frow


Photographs by

Donn Mumma and Houston Early Music


Creative Direction and Editing  by

Judy Frow and Gene Smith

Houston Early Music: Illuminations

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