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.


Music for Notre Dame Cathedral:  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 two great representatives of the Notre Dame School, Leonin and Perotin, whose influence reaches all the way to our time. We'll also hear selections from a thirteenth-century vesper service for Easter performed by the Gregorian Ensemble of the Maitrise de Notre Dame.


Songs of Solomon: 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 will sample settings by composers like Dunstaple, Billings and Hieronymus Praetorius, with performances by the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, His Majestie's Clerkes and the Tallis Scholars.


Fifteenth-Century England:  This show presents gorgeous polyphonic music by John Dunstaple, plus John Plummer's Missa Sine Nomine and selections from the Eton Choirbook. Our performers include The Sixteen and New York Polyphony.


Rise and Schein: One hundred years before J. S. Bach became cantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, the job belonged to Johann Hermann Schein. He masterfully infused the sounds of Italy into his music, even though he never traveled there himself. We'll hear a cross section of Schein's music, including instrumental dances from his Banchetto Musicaleof 1617, Israelsbrunnlein and other works.


Music from Florence: 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," which was composed for the consecration of the cathedral in 1436, music for Medici entertainments, and works by one of the fathers of opera: Jacopo Peri.


In Memoriam: This week's program presents heartfelt and uplifting music of remembrance, including Schutz's Musicalische Exequien performed by Vox Luminis, In Media Vita by Nicolas Gombert, and selections from Bach's mourning ode Lass, Furstin, lass noch einen Strahl performed by the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists.


William Byrd:  William Byrd is the focus of this edition of Early Music Now, whom a contemporary called "the father of English music."  Included are keyboard and consort pieces, plus motets accepted within the religious convention in England at the time.