Tune of the Day: La morisque
This piece is taken from Danserye, a collection of dance music by Tielman Susato which was published in 1551 in Antwerp, in today's Belgium. This collection has always been a favorite for Renaissance ensembles, not because the music is intrinsically stunning, but rather because it is simple, suitable for all musical instruments, and easy to improvise on.
Morisque (from the Spanish morisco, “Moorish”) is a French term that was used to indicate former Muslims who converted to Christianity after Spain outlawed the open practice of Islam by its sizeable Muslim population in the early 16th century.
Thanks to Phil for suggesting this piece!