Thursday, March 4, 2010


I do very much like the title of Tielman Susato's book: "The third little music book published in our Nether-Dutch language, wherein are included all types of dances, that is, basse danses, rounds, allemandes, pavanes, and others, with also fifteen new galliards, very enjoyable and easy to play on all musical instruments."

Isn't it cheerful and quaint? Doesn't it make you want to leap out of your seat, purchase a lute, start strumming yourself a galliard while shouting "Thank you, Tielman Susato! Thank you!!"

Hooray for the composers of the late 16th century!

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