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.


Scandinavian Sounds:  This week on Early Music Now we'll hear tracks from a 2019 release from Utopia Chamber Choir, directed by Andrew Lawrence-King, of Piae Cantiones (Spiritual Songs), the first Finnish music ever to be printed.  This collection produced a famous Christmas melody, known to English-speaking audiences as Good King Wenceslas.  Also included are tracks from Ice and Longboats:  Ancient Music of Scandinavia featuring Ensemble Mare Balticum.


Dufay in Italy and Savoy: Guillaume Dufay was a pivotal figure in the transition from the medieval period to the Renaissance. This edition of Early Music Now follows him on his travels to Italy and the court of Savoy. We'll hear his Missa Se la face ay pale, plus motets written for festive occasions in Florence and Padua. Our performers include La Reverdie and the Early Music Consort of London.


Hieronymus Praetorius:  Hamburg composer Hieronymus Praetorius was born on August 10, 1560, so we're celebrating the 460th anniversary of his birth with some wonderful examples of the polychoral music he wrote for the Jakobikirche, and St. Gertrude's chapel. We'll hear performances by the Goteborg Baroque Arts Ensemble and Weser Renaissance Bremen, plus organ works played by Friedhelm Flamme.


Songs of Consolation: On this episode of Early Music Now, we'll hear tracks from a fascinating 2018 release from Sequentia of Boethius' Songs of Consolation. These sixth century poems were widely read during the Middle Ages, and have survived with musical notation added long after Boethius' time. Sequentia performs these poems with metra from eleventh century Canterbury. We'll also hear medieval chant Salisbury performed by the Tallis Scholars.


Strozzi and Her Time:  Barbara Strozzi (1619 - 1677) was the most prolific composer -male or female- of printed secular vocal music in mid-seventeenth century Venice.  This week's show delves into her fascinating life and music, with performances by La Risonanza and soprano Emanuela Galli. We'll also hear seventeenth century Italian harp music performed by Mara Galassi.


Obrecht's Swan Song:  Jacob Obrecht's Missa Maria Zart remains one of the most fascinating riddles in all of Renaissance music, due to its sheer length and the composer's seemingly inexhaustible play with the melody on which it is based.  We'll hear the Netherlands-based ensemble Cappella Pratensis perform this incomparable work, in a live recording from the Music Before 1800 concert series in New York, plus insights from artistic director Stratton Bull.