Early Music Now
Sundays @ 4pm

Early Music Now 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 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.


La Serenissima:  The sixteenth century Venetian School influenced composers all over Europe, from the polychoral masterpieces of Gabrieli to the innovative keyboard music of Merulo. In addition to this style, we will also hear selections from the Odhecaton, the earliest music collection printed using movable type, published in Venice in 1501.


Music at the court of Emperor Maximilian I:  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 known for wanting music in his environment constantly, even when he was alone. We'll hear from the composers who served him, including Isaac and Senfl, and music that shaped his young adulthood at the Burgundian court.


Music of Medieval England:  Gothic Voices and the Hilliard Ensemble present music from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. We'll hear the famous round "Sumer is icumin in" and fascinating works by anonymous composers called Masters of the Rolls. We'll also hear the famous Agincourt carol "Deo gracias Anglia" performed by Alamire.


A Lubeck Abendmusik:  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 idea of the draw of Buxtehude's music, with a recent release from Vox Luminis and Ensemble Masques.


Dutch Treats:  Many talented composers were born in the country we now call the Netherlands and this week's show introduces several of them. Huygens, Wassenaer and Reincken all make an appearance, along with the most famous Dutch composer of them all, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. Our performers include the Gesualdo Consort of Amsterdam, Capilla Flamenca and Gustav Leonhardt.


Sounds of Distant Lands:  The music on this week's program was inspired by sounds far distant from composers' homes. Italians Geminiani and Matteis were captivated by Scottish melodies, Telemann wrote a Polish Concerto, and Bach was fascinated by the sounds of Italy. We'll hear from the Palladian Ensemble, Juilliard Baroque and Jordi Savall.


A More Subtle Art:  The late fourteenth century was a time of experimentation, with composers attaining new heights of rhythmic and melodic complexity. The exponents of this "more subtle art" included Baude Cordier, Jacob Senleches and the anonymous composers at the court of King Janus of Nicosia. We'll hear performances by the Huelgas Ensemble and Ensemble Organum.