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[sal-tuh-rel-oh, sawl-; Italian sahl-tah-rel-law] /ˌsæl təˈrɛl oʊ, ˌsɔl-; Italian ˌsɑl tɑˈrɛl lɔ/
noun, plural saltarellos Italian, saltarelli
[sahl-tah-rel-lee] /ˌsɑl tɑˈrɛl li/ (Show IPA)
a lively Italian dance for one person or a couple.
the music for it.
1590-1600; < Italian, derivative of saltare to dance; see saltant Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for saltarelli


noun (pl) -li (-lɪ), -los
a traditional Italian dance, usually in compound duple time
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from saltare to dance energetically, from Latin; see saltant
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Encyclopedia Article for saltarelli


medieval and Renaissance court dance and a folk dance of present-day Rome. In the 14th century the saltarello followed the estampie as an afterdance; a few examples survive in manuscript. In the 15th century it followed the basse danse and was sometimes called paso de brabante. It was light and gay and, like the 14th-century dance, was in triple metre (e.g., 98 or 34). In the 16th century the saltarello was absorbed into and replaced by the galliard. The folk-dance saltarello is danced by couples to music in 34 or 68 time.

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