Tielman Susato, a Renaissance-era musician, is best remembered as a prominent printer and publisher of music who lived and worked for many years in the city of Antwerp, part of present-day Belgium. Susato was the composer of both vocal and instrumental works, including his 1551 collection known as the Danserye. I have drawn from these dances to create Susato for Piano.
To my knowledge, no keyboard arrangements of Susato’s music have ever been published. It is rare that pianists play music written prior to 1650, but this book provides pianists (particularly students) the opportunity to learn more about music of the Renaissance through study, practice, and performance.
This book contains music of both elementary and intermediate complexity. Most of the pieces have been arranged as duets, but the primo (student) parts may be played without accompaniment.
Musicians of Susato’s time would have improvised freely on each tune and would have repeated phrases or entire dances to fit the situation. Feel free to add embellishments or repeats as desired, and have fun!
You can watch performances of select duets here...