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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This program presents music for keyboard instruments, viols, and voices by late Tudor and early Jacobean composers like Thomas Tomkins, Orlando Gib...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's program is all about l'amour, ranging from the sublimely beautiful to the slightly naughty! We'll hear music from a heart-shaped songbo...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This edition of Early Music Now presents performances by all-female ensembles. We'll hear the Oslo-based group Trio Mediaeval perform the 14th cent...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This program samples recent releases from Ensemble Gilles Binchois (Ars Nova repertoire from Spain & the papal court at Avignon), Blue Heron (madri...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show takes us to a lush medieval garden with The Orlando Consort, with selections from their CD The Rose, the Lily, & the Whortleberry....

  • Added: Jan 13, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This edition of Early Music Now recalls the days when Sicily and Naples were politically united. We'll hear one of the few Requiem Masses to be com...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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Charles the Bold's death in battle on January 5, 1477 changed the course of European history. He was also a music lover who took musicians and comp...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show presents a 13th century liturgical drama which tells the story of the prophet Daniel at the court of Belshazzar. It was probably s...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This program celebrates Christmas with an eclectic mix of Renaissance and Baroque music, including selections from Stile Antico's A Wondrous Myster...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This program introduces Jean Guyot: poet, teacher, composer, and priest. He was a leading light of mid-sixteenth century music who worked for many ...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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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