The saltarello was a lively, merry dance first mentioned in Naples during the 13th century. The music survives, but no early instructions for the actual dance are known. It was played in a fast triple meter and is named for its peculiar leaping step, after the Italian verb saltare (“to jump”).
Uh-huh, which explains why I felt the indecent urge to thrust myself around the room the first time I heard this by the band, ‘Dead Can Dance.’
Thenn…..we move on to the more classical side of the saltarello – Felix Mendelssohn, one of my favs.
Something to brighten my dismal mood –