saltarello

saltarello

[sal-tuh-rel-oh, sawl-; Italian sahl-tah-rel-law]
noun, plural saltarellos Italian, saltarelli [sahl-tah-rel-lee] .
1.
a lively Italian dance for one person or a couple.
2.
the music for it.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Italian, derivative of saltare to dance; see saltant

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saltarello (ˌsæltəˈrɛləʊ)
 
n , pl -li, -los
1.  a traditional Italian dance, usually in compound duple time
2.  a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
 
[C18: from Italian, from saltare to dance energetically, from Latin; see saltant]

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saltarello

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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