from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lively Italian dance with a skipping step at the beginning of each measure.
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- n. A lively medieval Italian dance with a leaping step.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A popular Italian dance in quick 3-4 or 6-8 time, running mostly in triplets, but with a hop step at the beginning of each measure. See tarantella.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: In old dances generally, a second section or part, usually danced as a round dance, the music being in triple rhythm. Saltarelli were appended to all sorts of dances, most of them being contre-dances.
- n. A very animated Italian and Spanish dance for a single couple, characterized by numerous sudden skips or jumps.
- n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is triple and quick, and marked by abrupt breaks and skips and the rhythmic figure .
- n. In medieval counterpoint, when the cantus firmus is accompanied by a counterpoint in sextuplets, it was sometimes said to be in saltarello. Compare salteretto.
- n. In harpsichord-making, same as jack, 11 .
Not everything was high drama, though, and the lilting dance rhythms of the Romanza and the saltarello of the finale had a warm and, by now, rather welcome, exuberance.
A basse-dance, a tourdion, a saltarello; bransles in sets of threes, and allemandes.
This cheered my heart so much, I danced a saltarello all the way to the bottom of the stairs and ran breathless into the great hall.
How I wish I could see them dance the saltarello again!
Though she was really tired with the exertions of the day, the sight of the new tambourine, after supper, proved too tempting; and she was soon practising the saltarello again, with an agility almost equal to that of the nimble
Sometimes rapid thumps on the tambourine might be heard, indicating that the saltarello was again in rehearsal.
The saltarello enchants me; in this is really the Italian wine, the Italian sun.
The _saltarello_ enchants me; in this is really the Italian wine, the Italian sun.
These he applied with more zeal than precision, just as an American composer might indiscriminately swap a Sicilian tarantella for a Romagnan saltarello.
_saltarello_, and perhaps might have done so if we had been in less princely presences.