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TIELMAN SUSATO

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Tielman Susato

Period

1510 - 1570

Genre

classical, componist, renaissance music

Tielman Susato

Susato has the honour of producing the first music publications in the Netherlands. An advocate of the Dutch language, he called for composers to write music to Dutch texts instead of using only French, Italian, and Latin. Through this pioneer, important collections of secular and sacred Dutch-language songs and dance ...
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componist

Biography Tielman Susato

Susato has the honour of producing the first music publications in the Netherlands. An advocate of the Dutch language, he called for composers to write music to Dutch texts instead of using only French, Italian, and Latin. Through this pioneer, important collections of secular and sacred Dutch-language songs and dance melodies were issued in 11 musyck boexkens [little music books]. Like his Flemish colleagues Pierre Phalèse and Christoffel Plantin, Susato issued many collections that bundled works of composers from the southern Low Countries, but he also produced editions dedicated to single composers – himself, for instance. He also produced anthologies of French chansons and Latin motets.

1510

The date and city of Susato's birth are uncertain as are the date or place of his death. The name Susato is probably a Latinized version of Soest, a small town in the Westphalia region of Germany near Cologne.

1529

Susato is mentioned as a calligrapher by the Brotherhood of Our Dear Lady in Antwerp.

1531

Susato as the player of various wind instruments with the town band, of which he is a member until 1549.

1541

Susato works with the Antwerp printers Ter Bruggen and Vissenaken. Vissenaken published Antwerp's first music book.

1542

Susato receives a subsidy from the city of Antwerp to set up a printing shop, the first in the city.

1543

After a complicated legal procedure, Susato becomes the sole owner of the music printing shop -- which he names 'Den Cromhoorn' – and the city grants him a printing patent. His shop has two sorts of note-types available.

1549

A political conflict leads to Susato's dismissal as a town player.

1551

Susato prints the first ('ierste') and second ('tweeste') 'musyck boexken' [little music book] with Dutch-language polyphonic songs “to sing or to play”. As the first of their kind, they are important documents in the Dutch musical heritage. A third collection is published with 'Allerhande danserye' [All kinds of dances] arranged by Susato. This music is probably intended for amateurs.

1555

Susato publishes Lassus' 'Opus I'.

1556

He brings out the 'Souterliedekens' by Clemens non Papa ('Musyck boexkens' 4-7).

1561 - 1570

Susato publishes the 'Souterliedekens' by Clemens' student Gherardus Mes ('Musyck boexkens' 8-11). Susato's son Jacob takes over the business and Susato moves to Alkmaar. He is appointed an emissary to the Swedish court. The inventory of Susato's printing shop is sold in 1565 to Christoffel Plantin. Susato dies in1570 in Sweden or the Low Countries.

Discography Tielman Susato

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