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Tylman Susato (1/01/1510 - 1/01/1570)

The birthplace or date of Tielman Susato is unknown, our clear knowledge of him starts in 1529 when he was working as a calligrapher in Antwerp Cathedral. As a trumpeter he is also listed as “a town player”, while he created the first music printing company in the Low Countries, and was in this business from 1541. He appears then to have moved this to be combined with a musical instrument business at his home in 1551. During his publishing career he was responsible for 25 books of chansons, 3 books of masses and 19 books of motets. He was also anxious to promote Flemish composers, and eventually published four books devoted to songs by national musicians. His efforts to find more did not succeed, and he was to compose many of his own works based on popular Flemish music of the time. The date of his death is unclear, but he passed on his publishing business to his son, Jacques, but he too was to die two or three years after his father in 1564.



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