Santomera
a ballo for three
Source: AW Smith (NYP), reconstructed by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr
Music: Una Festivita Della Danza (as Gianzometa) (DHDS) (almost a measure of intro)
Starting position: in a triangle, W-M-W
Section 1:
1 One saltarello, left
2 Riverentia to the ground
3 One doppio, left, turning to the left (to reverse?)
4-8 Five saltarelli beginning right
Section 2:
9 One doppio, left and mezavolta
10 One doppio, right and mezavolta
11 One doppio, left and mezavolta
12 One doppio, right and mezavolta
13-16 Four doppi beginning left
Section 3:
17&18 Two doppi, left and right, turning (each person walks in a circle back to their places)
19&20 Two doppi turning again, as before
21 End 1 and Middle take right hands and switch places with a doppio, left
22 End 1 and End 2 take left hands and switch places with a doppio, right
23 End 2 and Middle (at the front) take right hands and switch places with a doppio, left
24 Joining hands in a line, one doppio, left, drop hands and mezavolta
25 Return with one doppio, right
26 Join hands again and doppio, left, drop hands and mezavolta
27 Return again with one doppio, right
28-30 The ends return to their former positions with three doppi, person by person, as before
Section 4:
31-38 Perform the "spine of a fish" (hey) with eight pive, starting left
39 The Middle goes away between the women with a doppio, left, and does a mezavolta
40 The Ends go toward the Middle's original position with a doppio, left, and mezavolta to face the Middle
41 The Middle does a doppio, right, back to the original position; turn to face forward
42 The Ends go back where they came from with a doppio, right; turn to face forward
43-46 Everyone do four meza riprese to the left
47-50 Everyone do four meza riprese to the right
51 All do one doppio, left, turning (to face the other direction)
Section 5:
52-59 Perform the "spine of a fish" (hey) with eight pive, starting left
60 The Middle goes away between the women with a doppio, left, and does a mezavolta
61 The Ends go toward the Middle's original position with a doppio, left, and mezavolta to face the Middle
62 The Middle does a doppio, right, back to the original position; turn to face forward
63 The Ends go back where they came from with a doppio, right; turn to face forward
64-67 Everyone do four meza riprese to the left
68-71 Everyone do four meza riprese to the right
72 All do one doppio, left, turning (to face the other direction)
Dance does not repeat.
For whatever reason, the music provided by the DHDS doesn't fit in any way with the instructions provided for Santomera, which
they choose to call Gianzometa (there is some confusion in the mms about how the name is presented). This is how I perceive
the lacks (note: with only 1 mms to reconstruct from, the confusion is even more confusing!):
In section 1, there seems to be only 4 measures of music for 8 measures of instructions.
Section 2, where the tempo changes a bit, seems just fine - 8 measures of music for 8 measures of instructions.
Section 3 has two sets of music. The first 4 measures work for the two doppi circlings. The tempo goes syncopated for the
mini-hey where the ends switch places, but again there's not enough music for the whole section's worth of instruction, dropping at
least 2 measures (presumably one of the doppio forward and back repeats).
Section 4, the first full piva hey, is nearly right though the last measure (the doppio left) is ignored.
Section 5, the second full piva hey, is similarly abbreviated, ignoring the last measure of instruction.
I'm not a musician, but I do notice that the omissions may be due to trying to compose the music in some sort of regular set
of sequences so it feels right musically (not repeating the section 1 music, evening out the repeats in section 3, and in sections
4 and 5, the music after the hey is a 4-bar phrase repeated twice). There are ways and means, though, to accommodate odd
numbers of measures of instructions without harming the music, so the choice to mangle (IMHO) the dance for some composed
music (I.e. this isn't source music) is an odd choice to make.