This is a complete version of the the Galician Muineras that Ceolachan posted the other day.I think that it deserves to be on the site by itself.Perhaps Ceolachan or the Galacians that he has it from only remembered part of the tune.I have it from a live recording of that fine Italian band,Tre Martelli.They introduce it as an Italian tune,a Saltarello.It doesn’t matter where it’s from,or what it’s called,it’s a good tune.Often to be heard at sessions here in Belgium.
Oh it’s soooo big…. ::drools::
For the record, this is not the tune on the Waking Maggie CD - but it’s a great tune! As far as I know, a Saltarello is a type of dance that was popular in the 16th c. or so, with many variations.
“Galician Muinieras” ~ close relative but shorter
“Saltarello” ~ tracin’ the roots of madness:
The ‘Saltarello’ dates from the 14th century, as far as we can go with printed sources, and is a fast, lively and leapin’ about Italian dance in time signatures like 9/8-3/4-6/8. As a Medieval to Renaissance courtly dance, with a skipping step at the beginning of each measure, it could be the early predecessor of Irish stepping, eh? As an Italian ‘folk dance’ I understand it is accompanied by the beating of tambourine, the strumming of guitars and and the raising of voices in song… (Come on GM, this is a wind up, give us some in situ information… ;-) ) As far as the tune moving to Galicia and what they’ve decided to to with it there, well, it ain’t no Saltarello, but it may bear some similarities, such is the transmutation of tradition. You just can’t pin down things like on a board, it tends to kill them and then they get filed away in glass cabinets to dessicate… Living things take their own course over time…with help…’influences’ like the moon…
Now the history bit, is it etymology or entomology, ants all the same ~ from the Italian ‘saltare’, meaning ‘to jump’ or ‘to leap’ or ‘to skip’, the Latin being ‘saltre’…
15th Century Italian Steps:
& from the free encyclopaedia Wikipedia:
"The saltarello was a lively, merry dance that developed from the galliard in Naples during the 13th century. It was danced in triple meter and named for its peculiar leaping step, after the Italian verb saltare ("to jump"). The saltarello enjoyed great popularity in the courts of medieval and Renaissance Europe and later became a favorite tradition of the Carnival festivities in Rome. After witnessing the Roman Carnival of 1831, the German composer Felix Mendelssohn incorporated the dance into the finale of one of his masterpieces, the Italian Symphony."
Hey, in Denmark "Soldier’s Joy" has a third part. Am I gonna tell them they’ve got it wrong? No way…