Two renaissance dance bands

If you ever want insight in secular renaissance music, and also want to enjoy it, I can recommend this one. It is cheerful and light and it flows as it should. It is not stuck in the study room, this does not sound like a theoretical exercise. This is really tasteful music.

I didn’t know Tylman (or Tielman) Susato. The wiki page says his name might mean he is coming from the town of Soest in the Netherlands, and he certainly worked from Alkmaar in this country. In the sixteenth century, he tried to get in the music publishing business, and was a prolific composer. The works on this record are from a book of dances he published in 1551: Het derde boexken … alderhande danserye.

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