A Saltarello is an Italian Folk Dance, similar to a Tarantella. Its main feature is the “leap” step, which comes from the Italian verb saltare, meaning to jump. This is portrayed in the hooked bowings. The continuous, running motion is a good workout for all sections and requires clean finger action. Shifting work and string crossing are a main feature and a strong sense of pulse is essential in the bass line. A piano part is included. It is not essential, but could be played on an accordion or keyboard accordion, to enhance to Folk Music feel.
|Listen to a recording of Saltarello
The folio contains: Parts for string orchestra (8-8-4-4-5-2)