Early Music Now with Sara Schneider

Series produced by The WFMT Radio Network

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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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This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through June 24, 2019.

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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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This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through June 24, 2019.

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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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Jacques Arcadelt enjoyed a glittering career serving the Medicis, the pope, and French royalty. His music was depicted in Caravaggio's famous paint...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Join host Sara Schneider this week for masterworks from Spain, including mystical organ fantasias by Francisco Correa de Arauxo played by Robert Ba...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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If you'd gone on a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat, Spain during the Middle Ages, you might have sung or danced to music from ...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Johann Sebastian Bach was just one member of a richly talented family of musicians. In fact, in some circles, the name Bach was synonymous with 'mu...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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German composer Samuel Scheidt came of age at the dawn of the Baroque era, and rode out the horrors of the Thirty Years' War at home while many of ...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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The centerpiece of this week's show is a 2019 release from Per-Sonat and Sabine Lutzenberger celebrating the superb music at the court of Emperor M...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Sublime and contemplative music for Holy Week awaits you on this week's program, including Heinrich's Schütz's 'Seven Last Words of Christ', and se...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Early Music Now celebrates Easter with jubilant motets, mass movements, and cantatas, including Heinrich Biber's Missa Alleluja for 36 parts, selec...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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The centerpiece of this week's show is a superb collaboration between the Philadelphia based Renaissance band Piffaro and Belgium's Capilla Flamenc...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week we'll get acquainted with 14th century composer, music theorist, and poet Philippe de Vitry, whose treatise Ars nova notandi gave a name ...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Two greats of the French Baroque, together in one program! We'll hear motets by François Couperin performed by Jill Feldman and Isabelle Poulinard,...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Whether you call it a passacaglia, chaconne, or ground, the technique of virtuosic writing over a repeated theme in the bass seems to bring out the...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2020
  • Length: 58:31
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Pierre de la Rue's Missa cum Jocunditate certainly lives up to its title: Mass with Joy! We'll hear this engaging work interspersed with plainchant...

  • Added: May 11, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This program features intimate settings for one voice plus one stringed instrument, including Spanish songs performed by Maria Cristina Kiehr, sopr...

  • Added: May 18, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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When it came to talent and influence, few late-Renaissance musical families could top the Gabrielis: Andrea and his nephew Giovanni. We'll hear org...

  • Added: May 28, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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The glitz and glamour of Versailles is on display on this week's show! We'll hear Marc-Antoine Charpentier's glorious Te Deum for soloists, chorus,...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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The Estes of Ferrara were renowned patrons of music, and welcomed some of the greatest singers and composers of the day to their court. We'll hear ...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Starting in the late Renaissance, the court at Wolfenbüttel in northern German emerged as a cultural center. The dukes of the house of Welf employe...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show focuses on Henry Purcell, and his lesser-known brother (or cousin) Daniel. We'll hear chamber music by both composers, plus select...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's program showcases an extraordinary recent release from the Portland-based ensemble Cappella Romana. This recording of medieval Byzantin...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2020
  • Length: 58:30