The Danserye is an arrangement for organ by David A. deSilva of selections from Tylman Susato’s 1551 publication Het derde musyck boexken . . . alderhande danserye, a collection of popular tunes arranged by Susato as dance pieces in four parts to be played on diverse instruments. While the two suites in this collection may be played in their entirety, an individual movement will serve well as a pre- or post-service selection and as a processional or recessional.
Tylman (Tielman) Susato (c. 1510–after 1570), instrumentalist, composer, and music publisher, was likely born in Soest, Germany, a town not far from Köln, although he spent the majority of his career in Antwerp, Belgium. Active as a town instrumentalist, playing sackbut, trumpet, crumhorn, flute, and recorder, he is most famous as a music calligrapher and publisher. He published nearly sixty books of music, including the works of such composers as Josquin des Prez (c. 1450–1521), Jacobus Clemens non Papa (c. 1510–1556), and Orlande de Lassus (1532–1594).