Tylman Susato


Born: circa 1500   Died: circa 1570   Country: Active in Antwerp   Period: Renaissance
Tylman Susato was important as a composer and very important as a music printer. Much about his origins and early years is unknown. Scholars take his name to mean "from Soest," referring to a Westphalian town in the bishopric of Cologne. This is supported from his occasionally signing himself Tylman Susato Agrippinensis, after the old name for Cologne, Colonia Aggripina. Thus, it is concluded, he was either born in Soest himself or was Read more part of an Antwerp family originating from there.

Records show that in 1529 and 1530 he was a calligrapher at Antwerp Cathedral, and after 1531 added the position of trumpeter to his duties. In 1532 there is reference in the city archives of "Tielman van Colen," a town musician who owned several wind instruments. He continued as a town player until 1540.

In 1541 he went into the printing business, going partners with Henry ter Bruggen, an engraver and map maker who obtained a license to print music late that year, and Willem van Vissenaecken. Something went wrong with this business, and in September 1942 Susato made another partnership, with van Vissenaecken alone. They published a book of motets. This partnership also split, with Susato going into business alone and obtaining his first privilege to print music on July 20, 1543.

Susato ran this business for 18 years, establishing the first important music publishing house in the Low Countries. His publications included both anthologies and books devoted to single composers. One of his projects was a series he called the Musyck boexken, comprising Flemish songs. In the preface to the first one he asked Flemish composers to send him songs "suitable for publication" to show that "our Flemish tongue" was as suitable for music as French, Latin, or Italian. Another of his publications, Souterliedekens, is a group of polyphonic and metrical Dutch psalm settings, intended for the home rather than church.

His most important original music is a set of two books of 50 cantus firmus chansons in "two or three parts," meaning with the bass part optional. This is the largest number of extant cantus firmus chansons by any composer. Susato said in his preface to them that their purpose was to teach and encourage younger people who were not experienced at singing in ensemble. As such, the polyphonic writing is imitative. In addition, Susato also wrote and arranged various dances of the time in relatively simple, more homophonic texture. Read less
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    Alla Piffaresca / La Rossignol
    Label: Iii Millennio   Catalog: IIIMIL0146 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Phalčse,  Anonymous,  Costanzo Festa,  Thoinot Arbeau  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Quintarelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rossignol
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    Medieval & Renaissance
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 002550302 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Jaquemin de Senleches,  Guido Lange] [de,  Johannes Olivier  ... 
    Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Paul Elliot,  Margaret Philpot,  Catherine Bott  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett,  Anthony Rooley,  Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Medieval Ensemble,  New London Consort,  Consort of Musicke  ... 
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    European Tour / Nordic Brass Ensemble [Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  B. Ramos De Pareja,  Francisco de la Torre,  Johann Weck,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
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    The Sound of Martin Luther / Munrow, Harnoncourt, Masur, Hilliard Ensemble
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 558209 Release Date: 11/04/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Tylman Susato,  Josquin Des Préz,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
    Performer:  Kees Boeke,  Kurt [Tenor Vocal] Huber,  Sylvia [Soprano Vocals] McNair,  Michael Schönheit
    Conductor:  David Munrow,  Kees Boeke,  Michel Piguet,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Hilliard Ensemble,  Concerto Palatino  ... 
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    Di guerra e di pace / La Pifarescha
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923901 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz von Hessen-Kassel,  Pierre Phalčse,  Josquin Des Préz,  Adrian Willaert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pifarescha
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Popular Renaissance Music / Lucie Guerra Zakova
    Label: Orlando Records (Classical)   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  John Bull,  Claude Gervaise,  Bernhard Schmid  ... 
    Performer:  Vocals] Lucie [Organ Zakova,  Philippe Lécossais,  Tambourine] Carlos Arturo Guerra [Drum Parra
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    Serenissima: Music From Renaissance Europe On Venetian Viols
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34149 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Costanzo Festa,  Phillippe Verdelot,  Anonymous,  Isaac Albéniz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Consort of Viols
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    Chansonnettes, Frisquettes, Joliettes & Godinettes / Doulce Memoire
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 339 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Émile Carrara,  Anonymous,  Claude Gervaise,  Pierre Certon  ... 
    Conductor:  Denis Raisin-Dadre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Doulce Mémoire
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    Old, New & Blue / Eric Vloeimans, Holland Baroque Society
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 35613 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Vloeimans,  Tylman Susato,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Vloeimans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holland Baroque Society
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    Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - The Complete Alpha Recordings [6-CD Set]
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 818 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giovanni Kapsberger,  Anonymous,  Stefano Landi,  Emilio de Cavalieri  ... 
    Performer:  Edin Karamazov,  Marcelo Vitale,  Alfio Antico
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arpeggiata
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    Ludwig Guttler: Die Jubilaums-edition
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300549 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Neruda,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Mathias Sperger  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
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    Then - Renaissance Airs And Dances / Stockholm Chamber Brass
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2017 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco de la Torre,  Tylman Susato,  Carlo Gesualdo,  John Dowland  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Brass
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    The Decca Sound - Highlights
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620002 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Béla Bartók,  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Franco Capuana,  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Renaissance: Berliner Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777581-2 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Tylman Susato,  Samuel Scheidt,  Girolamo Frescobaldi  ... 
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    Danses De La Renaissance / Clemencic Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 195610 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Moderne,  Tylman Susato,  Claude Gervaise,  Pierre Phalčse  ... 
    Conductor:  René Clemencic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clemencic Consort
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    The Field Of Cloth Of Gold / Musica Antiqua Of London
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tylman Susato,  Claude de Sermisy,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Jennie Cassidy,  Mark Padmore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua of London
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    Weihnacht Der Spielleyt: A Minstrel Christmas
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77335 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Michael Praetorius,  Tylman Susato,  Traditional  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spielleyt
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    Lyrical Landscape
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28172 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  M. Kutnowski,  Satoshi Ohmae,  Tylman Susato,  Johannes Crüger  ... 
    Performer:  Hiroshi Mochida
    Conductor:  Hiroshi Mochida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Syrinx Flute Ensemble
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    Music For Emperor Charles V
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 20701 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Michael Praetorius,  Luis de Narváez,  Tylman Susato  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
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    A  Dutch Christmas / Renze, Early Music New York
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637599415 Release Date: 01/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tylman Susato
    Conductor:  Frederick Renz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music New York
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    An It Please Your Grace
    Label: New Queen's Ha'penny Consort   Catalog: 5637721026 Release Date: 01/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cesare Negri Milanesi,  Claude de Sermisy,  Josquin Des Préz,  Thoinot Arbeau  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Schultz,  Edward Blair,  Mary Myers,  Charles Henderson
    Conductor:  Elvyn Blair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Queen's Ha'penny Consort
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    Baroque Brass / English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61541 Release Date: 01/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Andrea Gabrieli,  Adriano Banchieri,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Fraser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra Brass Ensemble
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    Les Plaisirs Du Palais / Visse, Ensemble Clement Janequin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 5908224 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Decapella,  Adrian Le Roy,  Mittantier,  Eustachius Barbion  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Bellocq
    Conductor:  Dominique Visse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
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    Bassoon Brothers - Escaped
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 03242 Release Date: 01/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan,  Tylman Susato,  P.D.Q. Bach,  Johnny Cash  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bassoon Brothers
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