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").
Although a Neapolitan court dance in origin [Allan W. Atlas, Music at the Aragonese court of Naples], the saltarello became the typical Italian folk dance.
(...) Composer Jesper Kyd also composed a track called "Meditation Begins" for the Assassin's Creed score that is a saltarello-type arrangement with an ominous overtone, a sample of which can be heard at the page for the score.


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