Susato: Dansereye

Susato: Dansereye, 1551
New London Consort - Philip Pickett
L'Oiseau Lyre 436 131


  1. Fanfare "La morisque" (4 trumpets, timpani)
  2. Pass e Medio / Reprise "Le pingne" (2 violins, 3 viols, harpsichord, 4 lutes)
  3. Bergerette "Sans Roch&quo;t / Reprise (2 cornetts, 4 sackbuts, rauschpfeife, 3 shawms, curtal, organ, regal, tabors, side drum, tambourine)
  4. Den I. Ronde "Pour quoy" (2 violins, 3 viols, harpsichord, organ, tabors)
  5. Den VII. Ronde "Il estoit une fillette" (7 recorders, curtal, organ, 5 guitars, side drum)
  6. Den III. Ronde (4 viols, organ, tabors)
  7. Den IV. Ronde (cornett, crumhorn, sackbut, curtal, organ, side drum)
  8. Den V. Ronde "Wo bistu" (4 racketts, regal)
  9. Den VI. Ronde / Saltarelle (violin, 4 viols, 7 recorders, curtal, harpsichord, organ, tabors)
  10. Den XI. Ronde / Aliud (2 cornetts, 4 sackbuts, 2 violins, 4 viols, 7 recorders, curtal, regal, organ, harpsichord, 5 guitars, tabors, tambourine)
  11. Bergerette "Dont vient cela" / Reprise (4 lutes)
  12. Danse de Hercules oft maticine / De Matrigale (4 sorduns, regal, tabor)
  13. De post (cornett, alto cornett, tenor cornett, serpent, organ, jingle bells)
  14. Les quatre Branles (7 recorders, curtal, organ, 5 guitars, tambourine)
  15. Fagot (4 curtals, regal)
  16. Den Hoboeckendans (hurdy-gurdy, drone fiddle, cittern, curtal, contrabass viol, rommelpot)
  17. Basse danse "Mon Desir" / Reprise "Le cueur est bon" (violin, bass viol, 3 lutes, organ)
  18. Den I. Allemainge / Recoupe (cornett, 3 sackbuts, 2 violins, 4 viols, 7 recorders, curtal, organ, harpsichord, 4 lutes, bas drum, tabors)
  19. Den II. Allemainge (4 lutes)
  20. Den III. Allemainge (2 violins, 2 viols, harpsichord)
  21. Den V. Allemainge (4 flutes, 5 guitars)
  22. Den VI. Allemainge (4 crumhorns, regal, nakers)
  23. Den VII. Allemainge (regal, nakers)
  24. Den VIII. Allemainge / Recoupe / Recoupe Aliud (cornett, 3 sackbuts, 2 violins, 4 viols, 7 recorders, curtal, organ, harpsichord, 5 guitars, side drums, tabors)
  25. Bergerette "La Brosse" (4 lutes)
  26. Pavane "La Bataille" (2 cornetts, 4 sackbuts, serpent, rauschpfeife, 3 shawms, curtal, organ, regal, timpani, side drums)
  27. Pavane "Mille regretz" (violin, 4 viols, 3 records, curtal, organ, 4 lutes, tabor)
  28. Den II. Gaillarde (rauschpfeife, 3 shawms, curtal, regal, organ, tabor)
  29. Den XI. Gaillarde (4 sackbuts, organ, tabor, bass drum)
  30. Den IX. Gaillarde (4 flutes, 5 guitars, tabor)
  31. Den IV. Gaillarde (violin, 4 viols, harpsichord, tabor)
  32. Den VII. Gaillarde (7 recorders, curtal, organ, 5 guitars, tabor)
  33. Den X. Gaillarde "Mille ducas" (4 crumhorns, contrabass rackett, regal, organ, tabors)
  34. Den III. Gaillarde (2 cornetts, 4 sackbuts, organ, bass drum, tambourine)
  35. Den XV. Gaillarde "Le tout" (2 cornetts, 3 sackbuts, 2 violins, 3 viols, 7 recorders, curtal, organ, regal, harpsichord, 5 guitars, tabor, side drum, bass drum, tambourine)
  36. Danse du roy / Reprise (2 violins, 3 viols, harpsichord, organ, tabor, tambourine)
  37. Entre du fol (gemshorn, rebec, cittern, contrabass viol, rommelpot, shaker)
  38. La Morisque (2 cornetts, 4 sackbuts, 2 violins, 4 viols, rauschpfeife, 3 shawms, curtal, 3 recorders, organ, regal, harpsichord, 5 guitars, tabor, jingle bells, tambourine, cymbals)

Performers: Pavlo Beznosiuk: Renaissance violin, rebec, fiddle; Rachel Podger: violin; Susanna Pell, Joanna Levine, Mark Levy, Peter McCarthy: viols; Nigel Eaton: hurdy-gurdy; Tom Finucane, Paula Chateauneuf, Jacob Heringman, David Miller: lutes, guitars; Michael Fentross: guitar; Jacob Heringman: cittern; Stephen Keavy, Michael Laird, Michael Harrison, Phillip Bainbridge: trumpets;Michael Laird, Jeremy West, Michael Harrison: cornetts; Michael Laird: alto cornett; Paul Nieman: tenor cornett, Stephen Wick: serpent, David Purser, Paul Nieman, Kennedth Hamilton, Ronald Bryans: sackbuts; Pamela Thorby, Catherine Latham, Penny Pay, Elizabeth Stanbridge, William Lyons, Keith McGowan, Giles Lewin: recorders; Pamela Thorby: gemshorn; Nancy Hadden, Elizabeth Stanbridge, William Lyons, Keith McGowan: flutes; Philip Pickett, Keith McGowan, William Lyons, Andrew Watts: crumhorns; Philip Pickett, Keith McGowan, Penny Pay, Andrew Watts: curtals, racketts, sorduns, Keith McGowan: rauschpfeife; Giles Lewin, William Lyons, Penny Pay: shawms; David Roblou: regal, organ, harpsichord; Richard Egarr: organ; Paul Nicholson: harpsichord; Stephen Henderson, William Lockhart, John Harrod, Alastair Malloy, Tim Barry, Norman Taylor: percussion

Playing time: 66'

Recording date: October 1991

Additional information from Frank Cone.

This CD presents a great variety of dances extracted from the book edited by Tielman Susato in 1551, the Derde Musyck boexken. All the genres are represented here (Pavan, gaillard, allemainge, Ronde...) and Pickett gives to each a particular ambiance, thanks to a rich set of instruments. More than 90 different instruments are used; among the well-supplied dances, listen particularly to the initail Fanfare, the pavan La Bataille, or the final Morique. The richness of the percussion has to be underlined. Some dances are based on famous chansons (La Bataille or Il Estoit une fillette of Clement Janequin), others are arranged in a cycle (the Ronde, Allemainge or Gaillarde), illustrating what was done for the dancers in the XVIth century. The very good realization of this recording gives me an irresistible desire to dance.

Bruno Cornec

Other recordings devoted to Susato:

Danserye 1551
Dances from the Susato collection and their vocal concordances
Camerata Hungarica - László Czidra
Hungaroton HCD 12194
Susato: Het Ierste En Tweetste Musyck Boexken
Egidius Kwartet & Consort / Oltremontano
NM Classics 92123 (2 CDs)
Susato: Musyck Böxkens
Medelike Consort
Preiser 90979

Some broader collections featuring Susato & related music:

At the Sign of the Crumhorn
Flemish Songs and Dance Music from the Susato Music Books
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense - Sven Berger & Andreas Edlund
Naxos 8.554425
I Fiamminghi - II
Salve Antverpia
La Caccia - Patrick Denecker
Ricercar 206 902
Songs and Dances from Flanders
Capella Sancti Michaelis / Currende Consort - Erik Van Nevel
Eufoda 1163

Susato's Dansereye publication of 1551 is, in many ways, an related to French dance publications of the period. A fine survey of that & related repertory:

Renaissance Winds
Ensemble Doulce Mémoire - Denis Raisin-Dadre
Dorian 90261

The above citation contains further suggestions for the French dance music to parallel the listing for the Italian.

Other recordings by the present ensemble which include some similar material:

Praetorius: Terpsichore
New London Consort - Philip Pickett
L'Oiseau Lyre 414 633
A Florentine Festival
New London Consort - Philip Pickett
L'Oiseau Lyre 436 718
The Speech of Angels
New London Consort - Philip Pickett
L'Oiseau Lyre 452 773 (5 CDs)

Finally, a recording by an ensemble overlapping with the present one, and including English dances of similar functionality:

Shakespeare's Musick
Songs & Dances from Shakepeare's Plays
Musicians of the Globe - Philip Pickett
Philips 446 687

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