The Battle Pavane
Tielman Susato was a German music publisher and composer; from 1525 town trumpeter in Antwerp where he died. Composed songs, dances, etc. he was an interesting case of a professional music copyist turning printer in 1543. During the next 18 years he published over fifty volumes of music, most of them including something by himself. Susato published a quantity of music of the then popular Flemish school.
1981—Year of arrangement
Publisher: Manhattan Music
Type of Composition—Renaissance …arrangement for band
Programming Suggestions: Allows students to have an idea of how a piece can be transcribed for band. Teacher can incorporate many of the national standards into teaching this piece. Allows students to experience the pavane dance rhythm. A truly stunning work! From its calm opening to its triumphant, broad climax, the majesty and sweep of the ending suggests a ceremonial or processional use. Perhaps best described as a “Renaissance marching band piece” with a lot of “class,” this is an excellent way to showcase your band!
Solo instruments: None
Anecdotal notes: Good performance notes on percussion assignment. Use of contrasting dynamics (p – ff). Independent section entrances in B section. Extensive cuing and cross-cuing for smaller bands. Has 8 percussion parts. Very direct instructions on parts for effects and dynamics. Numerous parts have a long rests.
Discography: Online recording from publisher: http://members.aol.com/mbmband/html/the_battle_pavane.html…. TEACHING MUSIC THROUGH PERFORMANCE IN BAND – RESOURCE RECORDINGS. VOLUME 1 – GRADES 2 AND 3. NTWS-1206
Recording of "The Battle Pavane"