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"Trotto" for Flute & Strings

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Composer : AnonymousAnonymous
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Quartet: flute, violin, viola, violoncello

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 AnonymousMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Copyright :Public Domain
Very little evidence survives about medieval dance except what can be gleaned from paintings and works of literature from this time period. Some names of the dances which we know existed during the Middle Ages.

Usually attached to the spirited skipping dance known as a "saltarello," the trotto is a Medieval dance that existed in many European countries. A particularly lively and fascinating trotto, often performed by instrumental groups dedicated to authentic historical reconstruction, comes from fourteenth-century manuscripts.

The tune is joyfully infused with the triple meter swing of the type of music that depicts horse riding and the fox hunt ("trotto" is Italian for the verb "to trot"). The melody is in a pure Aeolian (minor) mode, usually played here on the tonic of C.

The dancers must have had a wonderful time keeping up with all the asymmetrical rhythmical surprises and turn-arounds producing a feeling of floating "over the beat."

Although originally written for period instruments & percussion I created this arrangement for Flute and Strings (Violin, Viola & Cello).
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Added by magataganm the 2013-11-29

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