Selections from "The Danserye"

From Wind Repertory Project
Tielman Susato

Tielman Susato (arr. Patrick Dunnigan)

General Info

Year: 1551 / 2002
Duration: c. 20:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: GIA Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $270.00   |   Score Only - $50.00


1. La Morisque - 1:50
2. Bergerette - 2:15
3. Les quatre Branles - 2:35
4. Fagot - 1:30
5. Den hoboecken dans - 1:55
6. Rondo and Salterelle - 1:35
7. Ronde & Aliud 2:00
8. Basse dans: Mon desir 2:10
9. Pavane: La Battaile 5:05


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Acoustic guitar
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Lion's Roar
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Shakers
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle (3)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Danserye is a set of instrumental dances based on popular tunes of the time, arranged by Susato and published in 1551 as Het derdemusyckboexken. With more than 50 individual dances in a variety of forms, the collection is notable for its simple textures and strict homophony. Specific instrumentation is not indicated, thus suggesting that the tunes were performed by whatever combination of winds and strings was available.

Selections from “The Danserye” is a new setting for wind band consisting of nine dances fashioned into an extended symphonic suite. The arrangement utilizes the full resources of the modern wind band, featuring various sections (or consorts of instruments) in alteration with powerful tutti passages. While the wind parts remain faithful to the original material, the dances are energized with a healthy dose of contemporary percussion effects and a significant part for acoustic guitar. This blend of sound generates a new but familiar element, thus making something very modern out of music that is more than 450 years old.

The arrangement was created for the Florida State University Symphonic Band and was premiered on April 17, 2002. The professional premiere by the Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin conducting, was on November 19, 2002, at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas.

- Program Note by Patrick Dunnigan

The Danserye was the first published collection of 59 dance pieces issued in the Low Countries (1551). Social dancing was very highly regarded during this portion of the Renaissance. In both the upper and bourgeois classes, people interacted with each other by dancing. The music used to accompany these dances was generally divided into distinct formal sections with clearly defined rhythmic patterns. The Danserye was originally published without a prescribed instrumentation but only the suggestion “pleasing and appropriate to be played on musical instruments of all kinds.” In 1551, the courts or households who utilized this music would have heard it played on whatever instruments they could afford by whatever instrumentalists they could hire. These instruments were generally used in homogeneous groups, or “consorts.”

- Program Note from California State University, Fullerton, Wind Symphony concert program, 9 October 2016

Susato's arrangements of the dances are much closer to art music than the more improvisatory settings that the musicians would have been used to. Included in the part books were fifty-nine dances that, much like a modern dance band, the performers would have selected from to be played in whatever order the patron required.

- Program Note from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band concert program, 29 November 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Cleveland (Ohio) Youth Wind Symphony Group II (Michael Komperda, conductor) – 2 March 2023
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Bradley Ethington, conductor) - 23 February 2023
  • Charlotte (N.C.) Youth Wind Ensemble (Hunter Kopczynski, conductor) -- 15 February 2023
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) - 7 February 2023
  • Colorado Wind Ensemble (Denver) (David Kish, conductor) - 11 February 2023
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Wind Ensemble (Tim Oliver, conductor) - 20 October 2022
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (John Leonard, conductor) -- 7 February 2022
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) - 16 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • Washburn University (Topeka, Ks.) Wind Ensemble (Tom Seddon, conductor) - 30 April 2021
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (Jay Watkins, conductor) - 11 April 2021
  • Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Va.) Wind Ensemble (multiple conductors) - 1 December 2020
  • West Chester (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) - 29 November 2020
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Shaun Popp, conductor) - 18 October 2020
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Concert Band Chamber Ensemble (Scott A. Jones, conductor) - 12 October 2020
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphonic Band (Jim Lloyd, conductor) – 12 March 2020
  • Santa Clara (Calif.) University Wind Ensemble (Anthony Rivera, conductor)– 3 March 2020
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 5 February 2020
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 17 January 2020
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Ben Lorenzo, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (East Lansing, Mich.) (Arris Golden, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • McClellan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) - 21 November 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Dunnigan, Patrick. "Selections from the Danserye." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 684-695. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Susato, T.; Dunnigan, P. (2002). Selections from the Danserye (1551) : Suite for Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band [score]. Monroe Music: [s.l.]