Saint-Saëns's Saltarelle

On our upcoming Restrospective Concert, ECMC will sing Saltarelle by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921). Saltarelle is a musical setting of a poem by Émile Deschamps for men’s chorus.  The French word, saltarellecomes from the Italian saltarello, which is a traditional Italian dance, usually in a fast triple meter.  Saltarello derives from the Italian verb saltare, which means to jump or to skip.

Saltarelle is a call to the people of Romagna to leave the mountains and plains and to come dance and sing.  Here is a performance by the Empire City Men’s Chorus from our 2016 Free & Easy Concert with the text translation below.

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