Early Music Now with Sara Schneider

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Early Music Now with Sara Schneider is a one-hour program showcasing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque: from sonorous medieval chant and polyphony to delightful renaissance madrigals, dances, and consort music to magnificent baroque cantatas and keyboard music.

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Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112

Early Music Now with Sara Schneider is a one-hour program showcasing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque: from sonorous medieval chant and polyphony to delightful renaissance madrigals, dances, and consort music to magnificent baroque cantatas and keyboard music.

Host and producer Sara Schneider brings knowledge, charm, and passion to her presentation of seven hundred years of music history. From the latest recordings by today’s vibrant young ensembles, to classics from the dawn of the early music revival, Early Music Now makes this repertoire accessible and enjoyable to a wide audience.

About the Host, Sara Schneider

After studying musicology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Michigan native Sara Schneider put her love of music to work at Classical 89.5, KMFA in Austin, Texas; first as an announcer and producer, and subsequently as Music Director until 2014. From 2014 to 2016, Sara lived in Lübeck, Germany, where she researched and authored a novel, The Eagle and the Songbird.

Sara has interviewed numerous early music luminaries, including Ton Koopman, Anonymous 4, Jordi Savall, and the late Gustav Leonhardt. She is a two-time Gracie Award® winner: in 2011 she received the award for her program Michael Nyman: Motion and Emotion, and in 2018 for Her Name Shall Endure, a program about medieval woman of letters Christine de Pizan.

Sara serves on the board of Texas Early Music Project. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, hiking, and writing historical fiction, and she recently completed a teacher training program in Kundalini Yoga. Hide full description

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For more information, please contact:

Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112

Early Music Now with Sara Schneider is a one-hour program showcasing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque: from sonorous medieval chant and polyphony to delightful renaissance madrigals, dances, and consort music to magnificent baroque cantatas and keyboard music.

Host and producer Sara Schneider brings knowledge, charm, and passion to her presentation of seven hundred years of music history. From the latest recordings by today’s vibrant young...

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Arnold and Hugo de Lantins were among the earliest oltremontano: singers and composers from the Low Countries who dominated the music scene in Ital...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show presents two recent releases of medieval love songs, including troubadour songs performed by Ensemble Céladon, and 13th century Fr...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show is a musical celebration of Roman Catholic saints. We'll hear motets in honor of St. Basil and St. Sebastian by Jacob Obrecht, sel...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show presents music from Spain, including selections from El Cancionero de Palacio (1474-1516), performed by Hesperion XX, directed by ...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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John Baldwin was a singer and copyist in Renaissance England. He was responsible for the partbooks which bear his name, but he also copied My Ladye...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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The centerpiece of this show is a 2019 reissue from La Caccia featuring music played, sung, and printed in Antwerp during the 16th century, includi...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Marcel Pérès founded Ensemble Organum in France in 1982, and since then the group has become an outstanding source of unique chant and polyphony. W...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Raphaella Aleotti was born into a wealthy family in Ferrara in 1575, and would go on to direct an elite ensemble of nuns at the convent of San Vito...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show highlights the music of two composers, Francesco Landini and Johannes Ciconia, who represent the full span of the culturally rich ...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Join host Sara Schneider for a stunning Mass from the year 1029, written by Adémar de Chabannes. Frederick Renz directs New York's Ensemble for Ear...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Few early music recordings evoke a response from listeners like El Cant de Sibil-La, and specifically the 15th century Song of the Sibyl from Mallo...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Claudio Monteverdi dedicated his Vespers for the Blessed Virgin to Pope Paul V on September 1, 1610. This edition of Early Music Now celebrates the...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Jacob Obrecht's Missa Maria Zart remains one of the most fascinating riddles in all of Renaissance music, due to its sheer length and the composer'...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) was the most prolific composer- male or female- of printed secular vocal music in mid-17th century Venice. This week's ...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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On this episode of Early Music Now we'll hear tracks from a fascinating 2018 release from Sequentia of Boethius' Songs of Consolation. These 6th ce...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Hamburg composer Hieronymus Praetorius was born on August 10, 1560, so we're celebrating the 460th anniversary of his birth with some wonderful exa...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Guillaume Dufay was a pivotal figure in the transition from the medieval period to the Renaissance. This edition of Early Music Now follows him on ...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week on Early Music Now we'll hear tracks from a 2019 release from Utopia Chamber Choir, directed by Andrew Lawrence-King, of Piae Cantiones (...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Marvelous recent releases of Baroque music await you on this week's show, including the period-instrument ensemble Kitgut Quartet with works by Pur...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2020
  • Length: 58:30