La Mourisque, Les Quatre Branles
Dance Music from the 1500's
This is one of my favorite traditional compositions from this Era--it is often on the short list of any high school or college program of Renaissance music. Suffice to say dancing had to be a bit more formal 450 years ago than now. Hard to find a good Volta Dancing School these days ;-)
Hope you enjoy. Here a bit more on Tielman Susato (1500/1515--1570), the composer, from Wikipedia.
"Not much is known about his early life, but he begins appearing in various Antwerp archives of around 1530 working as a calligrapher as well as an instrumentalist: trumpet, flute and tenor pipe are listed as instruments that he owned. From 1543 until his death he worked as a music publisher, creating the first music press in the Netherlands; until then printing had mainly been done in Italy, France and Germany. Soon afterwards, Susato was joined by Pierre Phalèse at Leuven and Christopher Plantin, also in Antwerp, and the Low Countries became a regional center of music publishing. It is possible that Susato also ran a musical instrument business, and he attempted several times to form partnerships with other publishers but none were successful. In 1561 his son Jacob Susato, who died in 1564, took over his publishing business. Tielman Susato first moved to Alkmaar, North Holland, and later to Sweden. The last known record of him dates from 1570."