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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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.

Click here to listen to a 10-minute sample of Early Music Now on our Website!

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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Join host Sara Schneider for sounds of praise and gratitude on this week's edition of Early Music Now! We'll hear a Te Deum setting by Hieronymus P...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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This week's program focuses on the musical life of Margaret of Austria, emperor's daughter and regent of the Netherlands, whose triumph over traged...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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The cello and the viola da gamba might look like siblings, but they're actually not even related! This week, Early Music Now features music for one...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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The Italian city of Bologna has been an urban center since the time of the Etruscans, and claims the world's oldest university, founded in 1088. Th...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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This episode takes us into the world of chivalry and courtly love with songs of the troubadours: poet-composers who lived and worked between 1100-1...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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This week's show delves into early music from the new world, including masterworks of Mexican polyphony performed by the Westminster Cathedral Choi...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Everyone loves a royal wedding! In 1589, Grand Duke Ferdinando de' Medici married Christine of Lorraine. The festivities went on for weeks, and inc...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Are you conversant with crumhorns? Know a sackbut from a shawm? Join host Sara Schneider for a survey of some of the more unusual members of the ea...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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John Dowland is the focus of this week's show: his life, work, travels, and influence. We'll hear lute songs and dances by Dowland performed by Emm...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli has gone down in history for its connection to the Council of Trent, though it may have been written several year...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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This week's program centers on music named after the most melodic of animals! We'll hear Biber's Sonata Representativa, Vivaldi's Flute Concerto in...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Italian music has long fascinated German composers, and Johann David Heinichen brought the sounds of Venice to the court of August the Strong in Dr...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Composers like Tallis, Giovanni Gabrieli, and Striggio were sonic architects who wrote polychoral music for up to forty separate voice parts. This ...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Dogs, horses, donkeys, frogs, and even a flea- they all get their day in the sun on today's program. Join host Sara Schneider for performances of J...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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14th century Italy was alight with creativity in all facets of the arts, from Dante to Giotto. Composers like Landini, Ciconia, and Perugia contrib...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Like most of the Habsburg clan, Emperor Charles V loved his music. This program traces Charles' life from his childhood in Flanders to his court in...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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It's War and Peace like Tolstoy never imagined! Join host Sara Schneider this week for battle settings by Isaac and Kerll, Madrigals of Love and Wa...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Hits and covers have been around for centuries! This week's program introduces some beloved melodies that were used and reused by various composers...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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The Sixteen, directed by Eamonn Dougan, give us a peek into musical life at the court of Sigismund III Vasa (1566-1632) who favored Italian compose...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:29