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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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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Royal and imperial courts have produced great music for centuries, but some members of the minor nobility maintained high-quality musical establish...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Alessandro Grandi worked alongside Monteverdi at San Marco in Venice for a number of years, and his music reveals his mastery of a subtler style th...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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William Byrd is focus of this edition of Early Music Now, who a contemporary called 'the father of English music'. Included are keyboard and consor...

  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's program presents heartfelt and uplifting music of remembrance, including Schütz's Musicalische Exequien performed by Vox Luminis, In Me...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's program celebrates the city that gave birth to both the Italian Renaissance and opera! We'll hear Dufay's motet Nuper rosarum flores, w...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:32
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One hundred years before J.S. Bach became cantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, the job belonged to Johann Hermann Schein. He masterfully infused ...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This show presents gorgeous polyphonic music by John Dunstaple, plus John Plummer's Missa Sine Nomine and selections from the Eton Choirbook. Our p...

  • Added: May 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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The beautiful and sensuous imagery of the Song of Solomon has been a rich trove of musical inspiration for centuries. On this week's program we'll ...

  • Added: May 15, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's program is an homage to the history and spirit of Notre Dame Cathedral in the wake of the tragic fire. We'll hear music composed by the...

  • Added: May 08, 2019
  • 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: May 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:31
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This program focuses on medieval woman of letters Christine de Pizan. We'll hear music of her time by Binchois, Machaut, and Landini, plus insights...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance Man in all senses of the term: artist, sculptor, engineer, inventor, and musician! This week's program presents...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Early Music Now celebrates Easter with an uplifting program including William Byrd's Mass Propers for Easter, an 11th century mass sung by Ensemble...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show presents music for Holy Week, including Tenebrae Responses for Maundy Thursday by Tomas Luis De Victoria, selections from Lagrime ...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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Georg Philipp Telemann is famous for being the most prolific composer in history- he wrote more than Bach and Handel combined! This program present...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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The Habsburg emperors loved music, and staffed their court orchestras with the best and the brightest. This week's show introduces composers from F...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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In the spring a young composer's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of music (apologies to Tennyson)! This week's program celebrates the return of spr...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's program takes us to Ireland and Scotland, with selections from The Celtic Viol featuring Jordi Savall, 14 Tales of Mystery with Quadrig...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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French music is always in good taste, and this week's program showcases works by Baroque composers Lully, Rameau, and Muffat, among others, with pe...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:31