Sheet Music: La morisque

TitleLa morisque
from Danserye
Alternate titlesLa Morrisque
ComposerTielman Susato (1510–1570)
InstrumentationFlute trio
KeyG major
RangeG4–D6
Time signature4/4
Tempo192 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2019-01-05
Last updated2019-01-05
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Dance tunes, Renaissance

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Saturday 5 January 2019

Tune of the Day: La morisque

by Tielman susato, arranged for three flutes and bass instrument

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!