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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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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Dieterich Buxtehude must have been a very inspiring guy, to quote Ton Koopman. The story goes that Bach walked 300 miles to learn from Buxtehude, a...

  • Added: May 10, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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2021 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin. This week's episode of Early Music Now presents some of his best-loved laments, plus his ...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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Ottaviano Petrucci was a printer working in Venice at the turn of the 16th century. He revolutionized the distribution of music and cultivated a ta...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 58:31
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We're sampling a couple of exciting recent releases this week! The Mad Lover features sonatas, suites, grounds, and various bizzarie from 17th cent...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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The music of Hildegard of Bingen has come down to us in only two sources, one of which is known as the Dendermonde Codex, named after the abbey in ...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2021
  • Length: 58:31
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This week's show presents an eclectic array of music to celebrate Easter, including motets by François Couperin, Jacob Obrecht, Antoine Busnois, an...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2021
  • Length: 58:31
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Believe it or not, there's some pretty strange early music out there, and this week's Early Music Now proves it! We'll revel in the weird, wild, an...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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We're highlighting music for Holy Week in this edition of Early Music Now, including selections from New York Polyphony’s new release, And the sun ...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show presents music in honor of St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, from the 12th through the 15th centuries, performed by Ensemble Peregrina...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) was the only composer of his generation to travel from France to Italy, which he later called "the true source...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2021
  • 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: Feb 22, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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2021 is a big year for fans of Michael Praetorius! It marks the 450th anniversary of his birth and the 400th anniversary of his death- two excellen...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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This week we're delving into the concept of fin'amor, which is often translated as courtly love. The troubadours were the most famous courtly love ...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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The profoundly beautiful Requiem by Johannes Ockeghem may have been composed to commemorate the death of a French king. We'll hear a performance by...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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This week, Early Music Now showcases an exciting recent release from Concerto Palatino called 'Nature's Secret Whispering- Music in the Cosmology o...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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The Missa Galeazescha by Loyset Compère was composed for Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza of Milan. In it, motets in honor of the Virgin Mary stand in fo...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show focuses on Ensemble Leones, directed by lutenist Marc Lewon. The group specializes in Medieval and Renaissance music, with a speci...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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The daily life of Duchess Margaret of Austria (1480-1530) was steeped in art and music. She owned an impressive art collection, including The Arnol...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
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We'll sample a pair of new releases on this week's show, including 'Il Genio Inglese'. This recording by Ground Floor and violinist Alice Julien-La...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2020
  • Length: 58:30