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.


Johann Rosenmuller: This year marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of Johann Rosenmuller, who was instrumental in importing Italian musical styles to his German homeland. We'll hear a mix of Rosenmuller's sacred and secular works, including sonatas performed by Ensemble Masques, a setting of the Gloria featuring Cantus Colln, and the motet Salve mi Jesu performed by Gli Incogniti.


Ludwig Senfl, Schweizer: Swiss composer Ludwig Senfl began his career as a choirboy in the Hofkapelleof Emperor Maximilian I, became the protege of one of the greatest composers of his time, and rose to the status of imperial court composer while still a young man. We'll hear examples of Senfl's sacred music, plus some of his unique, very personal secular songs.


Frescobaldi, Fresh and Bold:  Girolamo Frescobaldi's bold and imaginative keyboard music fascinated younger generations of composers: J. S. Bach was said to have owned a copy of Frescobaldi's Fiori Musicali. We'll hear a cross section of Frescobaldi's music including canzonas, madrigals and sacred works, as well as harpsichord pieces from a recent release by Christophe Rousset.


Hildegard and Her Time:  This program shines the spotlight on a remarkable medieval scholar, visionary, abbess, and composer:  Hildegard of Bingen. We'll hear her rhapsodic hymns and antiphons performed by Sequentia and Sabine Lutzenberger, plus secular music from the Minnesang tradition, which blossomed during Hildegard's lifetime.


Vespers for St. Michael's Day: This week's program presents stunning polychoral music in honor of the Archangel Michael from "The Venice of the North:"  Hamburg, Germany. Weser Renaissance Bremen performs antiphons, psalms and hymns from the pen of Hieronymus Praetorius, who worked as organist and composer at St. Jacobi.


Purely Instrumental, Made in Italy:  Delightful Italian miniatures for winds, strings, and keyboard instruments await you on the show this week. We'll hear from Frescobaldi, Bononcini, and Castello, plus virtuoso diminutions on a madrigal by Palestrina, performed by cornettist Bruce Dickey. We'll also hear performances by Piffaro, Gustav Leonhardt and Pallade Musica.


Masterworks of Early Polyphony - The Winchester Troper: The eleventh century Winchester Troper contains some of the earliest examples of polyphonic music:  two part elaborations on Gregorian chant. We'll hear this fascinating repertoire performed by Ensemble Discantus. We'll also hear an example of early polyphony from Musica Enchiriadis, a ninth century music treatise.


Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Dutch organist and composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was given nicknames like "the Orpheus of Amsterdam" and "the maker of German organists." This week's show gives a glimpse into his life as city organist and composer of both Protestant and Catholic music. Our performers include the Gesualdo Consort of Amsterdam, Leo van Doeselaar and Reinhard Jaud.


The Golden Age of English Consort Music: English composers worked magic with consorts:  ensembles made up of different sized instruments of the same family. On this week's show we'll hear music performed by viol consort, recorder consort, and even the so-called broken consort, where instrument types were mixed. Our composers include William Lawes, Matthew Locke, the mysterious Picforth, Byrd, Brade and others.