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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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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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
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Jewish composer Salomone Rossi was a musician who served the Gonzaga court in Mantua. They valued him so highly that he was given a relatively larg...

  • Added: Jul 07, 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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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