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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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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This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through June 24, 2019.

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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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The late 14th century was a time of experimentation, with composers attaining new heights of rhythmic and melodic complexity. The exponents of this...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:30
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The music on week's program was inspired by sounds far distant from composer's home. Italians Geminiani and Matteis were captivated by Scottish mel...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2019
  • Length: 58:32
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Many talented composers were born in the country we now call the Netherlands, and this week's show introduces several of them. Huygens, Wassenaer, ...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2019
  • Length: 58:33
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Dieterich Buxtehude's Advent concert series called Abendmusik was so popular, police had to be on hand for crowd control! This week's show gives an...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Gothic Voices and the Hilliard Ensemble present music from the 13th and 14th centuries. We'll hear the famous round Sumer is icumin in and fascinat...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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Maximilian I of Austria employed some of the finest artists and musicians of his time to glorify his reign and create a permanent legacy. He was kn...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:29
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The 16th century Venetian School influenced composers all over Europe- from the polychoral masterpieces of Gabrieli to the innovative keyboard musi...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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This week, Early Music Now presents songs to usher out the old year, and welcome the new; plus ditties and dances to bring some cheer to the cold w...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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This week's program features Christmas music from several centuries to help get you in the holiday spirit, with hymns and carols by Michael Praetor...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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If you're still doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, how about some new CDs for the early music fans in your life? This week's show is a surv...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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This week's show presents music by nuns, courtesans, and a few professional musicians who just happened to be women! We'll hear works by Hildegard ...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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The season of Advent is traditionally a time of waiting and preparation for the Christmas holiday. This episode of Early Music Now showcases some o...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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A dual celebration of the patron saint of music and Henry Purcell! We'll hear Purcell's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day 1683, plus chamber pieces and exc...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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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