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.


Ockeghem's Missa Prolationum: The Missa Prolationum by Johannes Ockeghem is an amazing feat of contrapuntal virtuosity: he created it entirely out of mensural canons. Far from sounding like a dry compositional exercise, it's also gorgeous to listen to! We'll hear a performance by the Hilliard Ensemble. Chansons like Ma bouche rit and motets like Alma redemptoris mater complete the episode.


A Musical Party -- Reincken and Friends: In 1674, the artist Johannes Voorhout documented a noteworthy friendship in his painting A Musical Party.  It was commissioned by Hamburg organist Johann Adam Reincken as a testament to his friendship with Dieterich Buxtehude, who worked in Lubeck. We'll hear music by both composers, plus that of Johann Theile, who may also be portrayed in the painting.


Food, Wine, and Song: Early music is always a feast for the ears, but this week's show might just tempt your palate as well! The Orlando Consort serves up songs about delicious French wine, and what might happen when you've had a drop too much. We'll also hear an anonymous fifteenth-century song about an unforgettable banquet, and another celebrating the wonders of eggs. We'll end our "meal" with a performance of Bach's Coffee Cantata.


Musical Life at Henry VIII's Court: King Henry VIII was not only a music-loving monarch, but a composer too.  This week we'll hear highlights from musical life at his court, including works by Thomas Tallis, excerpts from Henry's songbook, and selections from the soundtrack to the 1972 film Henry VIII and His Six Wives, performed by The Early Music Consort of London.


Treasures from Dresden: Musical gems from the court of Dresden await you on this week's show. We'll hear works by Hans Leo Hassler, Heinrich Schutz and some of his students, plus excerpts from Michael Praetorius' "Dances from Terpsichore."  Performances by Vox Luminis, La Fenice and Currende are included.


Jean Guyot: This program introduces Jean Guyot, a poet, teacher, composer and priest. He was a leading light of mid-sixteenth century music who worked for many years in his native Liege, and later for Emperor Ferdinand I in Vienna. We'll hear examples of Guyot's lush polyphonic style from a 2017 release by Cinquecento, including Te Deum Laudamus.


A Child is Born in Bethlehem:  This program celebrates Christmas with an eclectic mix of Renaissance and Baroque music, including selections from Stile Antico's Puer Natus Est, and The Carol Album, featuring the Taverner Consort, Choir, and Players. Other highlights include Gabrieli's majestic OMagnum Mysterium, Buxtehude's intimate setting of In dulci jubilo and more.


The Play of Daniel: This week's show presents a 13th century liturgical drama which tells the story of the prophet Daniel at the court of Belshazzar. It was probably staged by students at the cathedral school of Beauvais during matins on January 1, c. 1230. We'll hear selections performed by The Dufay Collective, directed by William Lyons.