Music for the Renaissance Faire
Arranger Mekel Rogers
"Music for the Renaissance Faire", composed by Tielman Susato and Giorgio Mainerio, is a miniature suite for young string orchestra that can be used as a festival piece or as a contrasting selection for concerts.
The two movements in the suite are arrangements of authentic dances from the Renaissance Period. "Les Quatre Branles" was written by Tielman Susato in the 1570s. Susato lived as a composer and publisher in Belgium. His widely known dance music would have been performed at courts all over Europe. "Schiarazula Marazula" is a medieval folk dance which was transcribed in 1582 by Italian composer Giorgio Mainerio. The music begins at a moderate tempo but gradually increases in speed with each repetition.
Feel free to experiment with tempi to create variety in performance. An optional tambourine part in both dances adds an additional Renaissance flavor to the piece.
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