Johannes Susay

Jo[hannes] Susay or Jehan Suzay (sometimes written Suzoy or Susoy) (fl. c. 1380; d. after 1411[1]) was a French composer of the Middle Ages.[2] He is the composer of three ballades in the ars subtillior style, all found in the Chantilly Codex: A l'albre sec, Prophilias, un des nobles, and Pictagoras, Jabol et Orpheus. The last ballade is also found in the Boverio Codex, Turin T.III.2, with the more accurate incipit "Pytagoras, Jobal, et Orpheus" . A a three-voice Gloria "in fauxbourdon-like style"[3] found in the Apt codex (ff. 25v/26r) is also attributed to Susay.

Susay's secular works have been edited in Willi Apel, French Secular Music of the Fourteenth Century and Gordon Greene, Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century, volumes 18 and 19, and his Gloria by Stäblein-Harder and Cattin/Facchin.

According to the anonymous, early-fifteenth century treatise, Règles de la seconde rhétorique, the poet Jehan de Suzay (named along with Tapissier and others) was still alive at the time of writing.[4] He is generally supposed to be this composer.

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  1. See the seconde rhétorique citation below. Among others mentioned as living is Froissart who died in 1411.
  2. Ursula Günther, "Susay, Jo.", New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (London: Macmillan, 2001).
  3. Giulio Cattin and Francesco Facchin, French Sacred Music, Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth-Century v. 23B, (Monaco: L'Oiseau Lyre, 1989–91) p. 478
  4. E. Langlois, ed.: Recueil d’arts de seconde rhétorique (Paris, 1902), pp. xxvi, 14.
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