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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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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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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Musical gems from the court of Dresden await you on this week's show! We'll hear works by Hans Leo Hassler, Heinrich Schütz and some of his student...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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King Henry VIII was not only a music-loving monarch, but a composer too! This week we'll hear highlights from musical life at his court, including ...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Early music is always a feast for the ears, but this week's show might just tempt your palate as well! The Orlando Consort serves up songs about de...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:31
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In 1674, the artist Johannes Voorhout documented a noteworthy friendship in his painting A Musical Party. It was commissioned by Hamburg organist J...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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The Missa Prolationum by Johannes Ockeghem is an amazing feat of contrapuntal virtuosity: he created it entirely out of mensural canons. Far from s...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This week we're spending time with one of the greats of the Renaissance: Orlando di Lasso, who was said to have 'stolen his harmonies from Heaven'....

  • Added: Oct 28, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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English composers worked magic with consorts: ensembles made up of different sized instruments of the same family. On this week's show we'll hear m...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Dutch organist and composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was given nicknames like 'the Orpheus of Amsterdam' and 'the maker of German organists'. This...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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The 11th century Winchester Troper contains some of the earliest examples of polyphonic music: two-part elaborations on Gregorian chant. We'll hear...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Delightful Italian miniatures for winds, strings, and keyboard instruments await you on the show this week. We'll hear from Frescobaldi, Bononcini,...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's program presents stunning polychoral music in honor of the Archangel Michael from 'The Venice of the North': Hamburg, Germany. Weser Re...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This program shines the spotlight on a remarkable medieval scholar, visionary, abbess, and composer: Hildegard of Bingen. We'll hear her rhapsodic ...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Girolamo Frescobaldi's bold and imaginative keyboard music fascinated younger generations of composers: J.S. Bach was said to have owned a copy of ...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Swiss composer Ludwig Senfl began his career as a choirboy in the Hofkapelle of Emperor Maximilian I, became the protege of one of the greatest com...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of Johann Rosenmüller, who was instrumental in importing Italian musical styles to his German homelan...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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This week we'll sit in on the adventures of Oswald von Wolkenstein, a well-travelled poet, composer, and diplomat. We'll also hear from Walther von...

  • Added: Aug 19, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Jacob Obrecht's generation was rich in musical talent, including Josquin and de la Rue, yet Obrecht was the most famous composer of masses of his t...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's program features hymns and motets in honor of the Virgin Mary, including a setting of Ave Maria by Loyset Compère, Ockeghem's Intemerat...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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You've heard Thomas Tallis' breathtaking motet for forty voices, Spem in Alium, now we'll hear from the man whose music inspired it! This week's sh...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 58:30