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Tielman Susato

Tielman Susato (arr. John Iveson)

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Subtitle: Six Dances from The Danserye

General Info

Year: 1551 / 1975
Duration: c. 11:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chester
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. La Mourisque - 0:55
2. Bransle Quatre Bransles - 1:05
3. Ronde - 1:50
4. Basse Danse Bergeret - 2:10
5. Rond - Mon Amy - 1:45
6. Pavanne Bataille - 2:45


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Percussion (1 player)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Susato is probably best known today for his dance tune arrangements; he did leave us a number of his own compositions, including various sacred vocal music and two pedagogical books of chansons.

Susato’s dance collection Danserye from 1551 has been a long-time favorite of performers on both Renaissance and modern instruments. They’re not, frankly, incredible works of art – certainly not all 57 of them! However, they can and have been freely adapted by instrumentalists over the years, mainly because their direct homophonic style and limited melodic ranges lends them to being performed by pretty much any instrumental combination, often including a rich palate of percussion instruments to boot. In addition, the basic melodies and straightforward phrase structure make it relatively easy to improvise over. And, let’s face it – they’re just plain fun to perform and listen to! I’m sure you’ll agree as you hear portions of a suite of these dances, as arranged for wind ensemble by trombonist and arranger John Iveson.

- Program Note from State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Ensemble concert program, 29 April 2018


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Brass Ensemble - 9 May 2021
  • University of Texas Arlington Symphonic Winds (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 9 December 2020
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) - 23 November 2020
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Chamber Winds (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 21 October 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Ensemble (Tiv Cumberbatch, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • Singapore Youth Chamber Winds – 5 June 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Cardany, Brian M. "Paper Cut." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 288-293. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Susato, T.; Iveson, J. (1975). Susato Suite : Six Dances from 'The Danserye' [score]. Chester: London.