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Selections from "The Danserye"

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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
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb 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

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • 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
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (unconducted) – 5 November 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire High School 11-12 Gold Honor Band (John R. Stewart, conductor) - 2 November 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • California Polytechnic State University Pomona Symphonic Winds (Mitchell Fennell, conductor) – 9 October 2019
  • World Adult Wind Orchestra Project (WAYOP) (Schladming, Austria) (Gary Hill, conductor) – 13 July 2019
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – June 2, 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Margaret Pedlow Smith, conductor) – 25 April 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.]