Saltarello (It. ‘little hop’; Fr. pas de Brabant; Ger. Hoppertanz, Hupfertanz; Sp. alta, alta danza)
- Meredith Ellis Little
A generic term for moderately rapid Italian dances, usually in triple metre and involving jumping movements.
The earliest known use of the term saltarello occurs in a Tuscan manuscript from the late 14th or early 15th century (GB-Lbl Add.29987, facs. in MSD, xiii, 1965...