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Belgium Renaissance Music and Composers
Choral and instrumental music!
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November 28, 2021 - 7:54 am
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These pieces of Renaissance Music ARE playable on your Violin, Viola and Cello!

It's important to understand that during the Renaissance, Brussels didn't exist as the Country it is today - not until 1831!  The area has been ruled over and influenced by the Roman Empire, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria and Spain (not in that order).

Probably more important, I found another amazing free archive! 

"Choralwiki" has pdf's, Midi's, and looks like links to use MusicXML and Finale! 

This is the place to find & listen to Choral Sheet Music!


I'm only going to start to touch on a few of the top composers I found of the Belgium Renaissance period. 

The 1st is, Tielman Susato - he was a prolific composer of choral AND instrumental, polyphonic music.  "In 1543, he founded the first music publishing house using movable music type in the Low Countries." (Wikipedia)  He also played the flute, trumpet and tenor horn! 

Now, THIS is how to entertain a baby!  Susato's Quatre Bransles. 


Now THIS sounds like Christmas music!

"Classical Jam" perform pieces from one of Susato's books, "Danserye"! 


"Passe et medio", by Tielman Susato - Danserye Book 3, no. 48. (otakaVIOL)



Here's the HUGE list of his choral works and publications - also where you can sample them! 

Tielman Susato - ChoralWiki




Susato is just one.

...more to come! 

- Emily

Sacramento, California

November 28, 2021 - 12:50 pm
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Danserye isn't a single piece, it's a whole enormous collection of dances. All three videos above are selections from Danserye.

(No one plays the whole thing straight through. It would take hours, and besides, they're organized by type of dance, so one would want to change the order for variety's sake anyway.)

Susato is mostly performed by brass ensembles today, but Danserye doesn't specify any instruments. It's just written for four parts. I've actually been thinking about putting together a Susato group project at some point, because none of his music is hard to play.


November 28, 2021 - 11:43 pm
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@AndrewH -

Thank you! 

I forgot to mention that "Danserye" was actually a whole book of pieces... went back & made my post less confusing (I hope). 

I like this music & would LOVE it if you put together a GP with it! 

Count me in, for sure! 🤗

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