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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    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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    Terpsichore - Renaissance & Early Baroque Dance Music
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 415294 Release Date: 02/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Attaingnant,  Fabricio Caroso,  Joan Ambrosio Dalza,  John Dowland  ... 
    Performer:  Siegfried Fink,  Konrad Ragossnig
    Conductor:  Josef Ulsamer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulsamer Collegium
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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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    Fagotto, Basson, Dulcian, Curtal? / Syntagma Amici
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 273 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adriano Banchieri,  Bartolemé de Selma y Salaverde,  Gioseffo Guami,  Phillippe Verdelot  ... 
    Performer:  Elsa Frank,  Denis Raisin-Dadre,  Francis Mercet
    Conductor:  Jérémie Papasergio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Syntagma Amici
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    Baroque Brass / English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61541 Release Date: 01/30/2009   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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    Krummhorn, Cromorne, Storto, Tournebout? -  Josquin, Schein, Etc / Stilz, Et Al
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 262 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Anonymous,  Lodovico da Viadana,  Francesco Corteccia  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Stilz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Syntagma Amici
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    David Munrow - Renaissance Danseryes
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 350003 Release Date: 01/13/2008  
    Composer:  Tylman Susato
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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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    30th Anniversary Sampler - Enescu: Rumanian Rhapsody, Etc
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 908 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Ottorino Respighi,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Joel Fan,  Felix Hell,  Gary Graffman,  Virgil Fox
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Carl St. Clair,  Paul Goodwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Pacific Symphony Chorus,  Pacific Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    This World's Globe - Celebrating Shakespeare
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 77 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Tylman Susato,  John Playford,  Thoinot Arbeau,  Francisco de la Torre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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